My neighbors and I were alerted Thursday of increased West Nile virus activity in our neighborhood.
The district mailed more than 4,400 postcards to residents Thursday, saying that four WNV-positive birds were found in the area within the past two weeks.
The area of concern includes residents within a one-mile radius of where the birds were found.
In addition to offering WNV precautionary tips, the postcards also ask residents to alert the district of any possible mosquito sources in the neighborhood.
“It is very important that the residents in these areas know how to protect themselves and their families,” said District Manager Tim Mulligan. “Even though the virus could be anywhere in the county, all signs are pointing to the fact that this area may have the greatest potential for infected mosquitoes at this time.”
Uh, I guess that explains the dead crow in my yard two weeks ago. The one I picked up and bagged for the trash after it had been there a couple of days.
…residents throughout the county are asked to report any dead crows, jays or raptors such as hawks, falcons or owls, or tree squirrels that have been dead less than 24 hours, and show no signs of trauma from other animals or vehicles, to the California’s WNV hot line at 877-968-2473.
So I called it in, and was thanked profusely by the operator. As of yesterday, seven confirmed cases were reported, and I reported the eighth. On my front flippin’ lawn.
Now that I am at home again I can spend my days on the pergola, hidden in the wisteria, with binoculars strapped to my neck. I wonder if that pays.