Record Searchlight: Shasta County reports first positive West Nile virus mosquito sample

David Benda, from the Redding Record Searchlight, reporting on the first WNv positive mosquito sample this year in Shasta County: "A mosquito sample collected in the Cottonwood area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District reported Monday morning..." To read the full article, visit:

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Picking the Right Tool for the Job: Mosquito Control 2.0

“I’ve lived in this town for over 30 years and I’ve never seen mosquitoes this bad!” A phrase we commonly hear from every caller concerned with mosquitoes in and around their home and likely the same phrase that started mosquito control in California over a hundred years ago! The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMVCD) was created in 1919 to prevent malaria in Shasta County and our mission to protect the public’s health has remained unchanged throughout the years. Although our mission is still the same, the way we control mosquitoes has evolved pretty dramatically.

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