Helping You and Your Residents Fight the Bite

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Mosquitos. Those pesky little bugs that typically bother you on hot summer evenings when you are enjoying the outdoors. Or at least that used to be the case. Now Southern California has types of mosquitoes previously not seen in the region, and their behavior is not what we are used to.

Before we jump into more on the Aedes mosquitoes, we’d like to take a moment and tell you a little more about Vector Control in San Diego County. Per the County’s website, “the San Diego County Vector Control Program (VCP) is a countywide program that monitors vectors and the diseases that they carry. A "vector" is an insect or other animal capable of transmitting the causative agent of human disease. Some examples of vectors in San Diego County are mosquitoes, ticks and rats.”

In 2005, voters passed a ballot measure that created a benefit assessment for improved mosquito, vector, and disease control services. The ballot measure included several layers of fiscal safeguards to ensure that all funds are expended appropriately, specifically, funds can only be spent on mosquito control and disease prevention services within the County and the funds are overseen by the Board of Supervisors with annual audits. For many years there was no increase in the assessment because the VCP was bringing in revenue from services provided to other counties. With those contracts no longer in place and less outside revenue coming in, the Board of Supervisors has approved small increases in the benefits assessment over the last few years.

Now back to mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes are not native to Southern California and are known to spread serious disease such as Zika, West Nile, and Yellow Fever, to name a few. These particular pests are known to bite during the day and indoors. Of particular concern to the rental housing industry is the fact that these mosquitoes often live and survive in very small pools of water that you might find on patios or balconies, like flower pots, saucers, and even pet dishes.

SCRHA will be sharing an article from VCP in the RentalAdvisor Magazine in the coming months. In the meantime, we strongly encourage you to click here and learn how you can take simple steps at your property to prevent mosquito breeding. Include a link to this handy brochure in your next community newsletter or print and share with your residents so they can be informed and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families from this invasive “skeeter.”