Quarterly Newsletter and Updates Winter 2018
Happy Holidays from ACMAD!
Wrapping up Source Reduction Work
District staff has been working hard in the marsh areas these last few months and will continue their work into the new year, finishing at the end of January. The ditch maintenance they are doing helps circulate the water in and out of these areas. This work is an important part of the District's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.
West Nile Virus Activity Slows
West Nile virus (WNV) activity in Alameda County has slowed down over the last few months. This year the District detected twenty birds and fifteen groups of mosquitoes that tested positive for WNV. This is the highest number of WNV positives in Alameda County since 2015. The District remained diligent in efforts to locate and treat areas of standing water where the WNV positive birds and mosquitoes were discovered. The mosquitoes most effective at spreading WNV are more common in the summer months and reduced their activity once the rainy season set in. However, mosquitoes can breed all year long in the Bay Area.Residents are urged to be proactive by dumping, draining, or covering all sources of standing water. If you come across a dead bird please report it online at www.westnile.ca.gov.
City Hall Presentations
In 2019 General Manager, Ryan Clausnitzer, will present a District update at each city council meeting in Alameda County. Presentations will start at the beginning of the year and we will add them to our events calendar as they are scheduled. City council meetings are open to the public and we encourage your attendance at these presentations.
The District participated in a variety of events in 2018 to educate the public about mosquito control and the services we provide. Below is a breakdown of these events by location. The size of the circle represents the number of people engaged. This outreach will continue in 2019 and we strive to reach new audiences