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Grant Hill neighborhood to be sprayed for mosquitoes in travel-related Zika Virus case

Posted at 12:48 PM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 15:48:31-04

County officials announced Saturday that they plan to spray a neighborhood in Grant Hill on Monday in order to prevent an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases.

The spraying area is bordered on the west by Dodson Street, the north by Island Avenue and the south by K Street. The eastern border lies mid-way between 30th street and 31st street.

Vector Control inspectors found Aedes mosquito larvae and adult mosquitoes near person's home who became infected with the Zika virus while traveling outside the country.

Adult Aedes mosquitoes can transmit tropical diseases, but none have ever been found in San Diego County carrying any infections.

County vector control said the pesticide, Pyrenone 25-5, poses low risks to people and pets. However, people who would prefer to avoid or minimize their exposure to the pesticide can take simple steps:

-- stay inside and bring pets indoors if possible
-- close doors and windows, and turn off fans that bring outdoor air inside the home
-- cover ornamental fishponds to avoid direct exposure
-- rinse fruits and vegetables from your garden with water before cooking or eating
-- beekeepers and those with insects kept outdoors are encouraged to shelter hives and habitats during treatments

Normal activities can be resumed a half-hour after the treatment.