Vector control workers are planning to conduct additional spray applications for mosquitos in the eastern Coachella Valley beginning Wednesday evening and continuing through the end of this week, following applications in three separate areas of the valley last week.
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District plans to begin conducting “ultra-low volume applications” of pesticide spray by air Wednesday evening in an area north of the Salton Sea.
The Vector Control District is also planning to spray most of the community of Mecca and some nearby farms beginning Thursday.
Applications were completed in Thermal, Coachella and Palm Springs last week in the face of an above-average mosquito population — and elevated detections of West Nile virus — this year.
“In just three weeks, the District detected 12 West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples in the east valley, including Mecca, North Shore, and Thermal,” according to a Vector Control District statement. “So far in 2019, 37 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. At this time last year, no virus activity had been detected.”
There have been no reported human cases of West Nile virus in the Coachella Valley, officials said.
The applications north of the Salton Sea are scheduled to be conducted between 8 p.m. and midnight — though they could last until 8 the following morning — Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday in an area within 70th Avenue, Garfield Street, Johnson Street and the Salton Sea shoreline.
Spray applications in Mecca are planned between 3-6 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, though could take place anytime between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. during that period. The area to be sprayed is within 62nd Avenue, Johnson Street, 66th Avenue and Lincoln Street, excluding some organic farms.
Signs will be posted along the route informing residents of the control efforts, according to the Vector Control District.
Officials said mosquito control pesticides pose low risks, but the district recommends that anyone who wants to avoid exposure to the spray applications stay inside or away from the area during the spraying and for 30 minutes afterward.
Anyone seeking additional information during the applications can call 760-541-2057 or 760-342-8287 during regular office hours between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.