|Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus:
Important Facts and
Guidelines for Growers
Based on concern over the effective control of mosquitoes from rice fields,
the California Rice Commission has developed this educational pamphlet for
Ways to Minimize Production of Mosquitoes in Fields
The most important thing that growers can do to minimize the spread of West Nile Virus in rice-producing areas is to consider using certain management practices that are known to limit mosquito production. These common practices are as follows:
Coordination with Mosquito Abatement Districts
There are certain agronomic activities required for rice production that would be useful for abatement district personnel to know to better prioritize their efforts. One example is the application of certain chemicals (such as Warrior) that may impact mosquito fish populations. If your abatement district were made aware of the tuning of such applications, they might delay the introduction of fish until after a chemical application. This could possibly help them to implement their programs more efficiently.
As a tool for growers, we are providing a list of vector district contacts for each county that contains rice. Please note the bulleted list of agronomic activities that may impact your abatement district's treatments of your fields. We invite you to post this list in your office or shop for easy reference and contact your vector district frequently.
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