SWAT helps Pima County manage mosquitoesPosted: Updated:
It's the middle of summer, its humid, and that means its mosquito season. With that, comes the West Nile Virus.
This week, Maricopa County reported the first death from the disease.
So, what is Pima County doing to prepare?
The role of SWAT is to look for possible cases of West Nile in Pima County, a disease spread by mosquitoes. "What these folks do is they actually trapping mosquito. They send them to the state."
Researchers are sharing information to try and discover ways to prevent the disease.
"We always want to prevent the disease. The best way to find out about it is to investigate them and learn about them."
That's the job of Gregg Bustamante who has a mess on his hands with a green pool, that is a potential paradise for breeding mosquitoes, "This is so typical of what we see on a daily basis at the Pima County Health Department. This was called in by a neighbor, the house has been abandoned."
His job is to kill the mosquitoes before things get worse, "What I am going to do is treat it with 2 products one's a larvacide and one is a quick kill oil base to prevent the breading of mosquitoes."
It's in green pools where mosquitoes often breed and sometimes lead to West Nile Virus; however, in Pima County there haven't been any cases yet. "We've been very lucky in Pima County where we haven't had any cases of West Nile down here, very lucky so far two years in a row," explains Bustamante.
So what's the best way to protect your house and family.
We want people to always be safe. To make sure you no standing water around the house. If your out during dusk and dawn that your protecting themselves from getting bitten by mosquitoes.
The SWAT group meets every third Thursday of the month from April to November. The meetings are open to the public.