aNewsCafe.com : Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rats, West Nile Virus, Zika and More: Independent District Has it Covered

Doni Chamberlain, of aNewCafe.com, featured a great Q&A article on the Shasta MVCD and our current operations. A short clip from the Q&A is noted below, but to read the full article, please visit aNewsCafe.com : Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rats, West Nile Virus, Zika and More: Independent District Has it Covered.

Today we check in with Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District, an independent special district that provides public health mosquito and vector control to 1,100 square miles of Shasta County. [...]

Peter, I know that this is a time of year when your District can catch its breath a little, so I thought we'd check in with you for a chat. Welcome to aNewsCafe.com! First, I was struck when I visited your website by the large geographical range that your office covers. How many people work in this department to take care of all that space, and what are they responsible for, generally speaking?

"Hi Doni! I’m really excited about the Q&A. Regarding our District size; it’s true we cover 1,100 square miles, from Cottonwood to Castella and from French Gulch to Viola. It’s a large area, but utilizing software and scheduling we’re able to cover the whole area with 15 full-time employees including myself and between four to six “seasonal” employees that we hire to help during the busiest times (April-October). The 15 are split up with most in Field Operations-10, two in the lab and two on the administrative side. The field staff are the ones you’re most likely to encounter; they spend most of their time inspecting the over 13,000 potential mosquito breeding habitats we have mapped and using Integrated Vector Management (IVM) practices, they decide how best to control mosquitoes! Here is a helpful “infographic” that explains IVM, but at its most basic, we’re using the available data to decide if, when and how to best control vectors like mosquitoes."

To read the full Q&A article, visit aNewsCafe.com : Mosquitoes, Ticks, Rats, West Nile Virus, Zika and More: Independent District Has it Covered.

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