Bulletins & Announcements

Larval Mosquito Treatment in western Placer County agricultural areas June 29- July 2, 2016

The agricultural areas of western Placer County are scheduled for treatment for larval mosquito populations.  An EPA-registered biorational* mosquito larvicide will be applied by a low-flying aircraft in an effort to prevent the emergence of adult mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases.  Treatments will occur during the daylight hours, most commonly in the morning and early afternoon.

Treatment area:

  • western Placer county –  Treatment areas (in green) are all agricultural and will include both conventional and organic fields, with the larvicide material applied directly to the fields (Click on map to enlarge).

2016 Larvicide Notification Map

Some important notes to consider:
Most mosquito control strategies implemented by the District are designed to prevent mosquito eggs and larvae from developing into adult mosquitoes. The District’s preferred larviciding strategies are to use biological control methods, such as mosquito-eating fish, as well as biorational materials applied directly onto fields and pastures.

*A biorational larvicide is derived from a variety of biological sources, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, as well as man-made equivalents of naturally occurring biochemicals such as pheromones and insect growth regulators. They are considered third-generation pesticides that are environmentally sound and closely resemble or are identical to chemicals produced by insects and plants.

The EPA considers biorational materials to have different modes of action than conventional or traditional materials, with greater selectivity and considerably lower risks to humans, wildlife and the environment.