Pest companies in Fresno battling mosquitoes before start of season

Experts recommend removing even the smallest sources of standing water from your yard.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno is getting a lot of buzz for all the wrong reasons.

The city has landed on pest control company Orkin's list of the top 50 worst cities when it comes to mosquitoes.

Los Angeles is ranked at the very top and Fresno comes in at number 47.

The Central Valley had been left out of the top 50 until now.

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Orkin's list ranks areas by the number of mosquito customers served from April 2020 to March 2021.

Bret Clay with San Joaquin Pest Control says they've not only prepared for mosquito season, they've already been responding to calls to clear them out.

An In 2 Care trap is one of the tools Clay says they use.

It lures in a mosquito and contaminates it with a slow-killing biological fungus.

So far, he says a couple hundred of them have already been placed in customer's yards.

"We're going through a 100-pack a week, going through several hundred a month," Clay says.

And mosquito season is just getting started.

Jodi Holeman with the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District says the recent cool weather and dry season has helped deter the pests.

But as temperatures rise, so does the mosquito population and health risk.

"When we start to see it warm up, we see mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile and St. Louis Virus. Then you start to see it in people," she says.

Along with setting traps, Holeman said they keep an eye on stagnant water sources through sky surveillance.

"We contract with aerial services to look for swimming pools we don't notice. Swimming pools produce thousands of mosquitoes," Holeman said.

Clay expects the calls for service will continue as more people head to their pools and yards to cool off this summer.

"We are just expecting to prepare for battle. Prepare now if you have some mosquitoes," Clay said.

Experts recommend removing even the smallest sources of standing water from your yard, and use insect repellent with DEET to avoid bites.
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