Tuesday, June 24, 2014

7/1/14 Fogging- Los Gatos, San Jose, Campbell, Monte Sereno

The announcement below is from Vector Control today:

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District confirmed on June 24 that adult mosquitoes from areas of the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and San José tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The detection of mosquitoes infected with WNV has prompted the scheduling of a mosquito fogging treatment in the surrounding area in an effort to prevent human cases of WNV.  Weather permitting; the ground fogging is scheduled for Tuesday 7/01/2014 at 11:00 pm-4am. The zone is centered at Los Gatos Blvd. and Lark Ave. A map of the area  here.

Fogging may occur at a later date if weather conditions are not favorable, or if additional positive mosquitoes are found after the fogging.

The recommendations below for protecting yourself and your family are from the WONDERFUL article by folks in the NE at ToxicsAction.  See the article HERE.
(Our comments are in the parentheses)

1. Keep windows closed during and immediately after spraying. If possible, also turn off air conditioners (that circulate outdoor air back inside).
2. Stay inside and keep children and pets inside during spraying and until the next morning after spraying.
3. Bring in or cover portable outdoor furniture, toys, laundry, pet dishes and tools.
4. Cover larger outdoor items such as barbecue grills or sand boxes. Swing sets and items that cannot be covered should be rinsed (or wiped down)  thoroughly after the spraying.
5. Cover fish ponds because pesticides are highly toxic to fish (and other aquatic life).
6. Cover vegetable (and fruit) gardens if you can with plastic sheeting; wash any exposed vegetables before storing, cooking or eating.
7. Remove shoes when entering the home after spraying because pesticides can be tracked indoors and remain toxic for months in synthetic carpet fibers. Pesticides used for mosquitoes are most easily degraded in direct sunlight and are sheltered when inside where they do not degrade quickly.
8. Hose off (or wipe down) window screens, door handles and hand railings after spraying occurs to avoid direct contact.

Again, the chemical in the pesticide takes 1.5 days in water or 4.5 days on ground/foliage to degrade to HALF toxicity. According to pharmacokinetic principles, it takes 3 half lives for something to be considered cleared, so that would be 13.5 days on the ground!  This makes the 8th fogging since5/22.

Please contact us to help stop the fogging of toxic pesticides.  We need help with research, protests, printing flyers/signs, contacting and collecting professional letters/testimonials, etc etc.

Please help us stop this blatant misuse of our County Parcel tax funds!