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Managing to minimize mosquitoes - award

Organic rice fields and mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus can be a bad mix.
But management practices at the Cosumnes River Preserve, managed by BLM’s Folsom Field Office, have minimized the mosquito population without using chemicals banned from organic crops.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District presented the preserve with an Ecological Mosquito Management Award last week in recognition of those efforts.

“We are very happy to recognize individuals making a difference and doing their part to protect public health by controlling mosquitoes,” said Joel Buettner, ecological management supervisor for the vector control district. (text continues below)

Left: Joel Buettner of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District and Mark Ackerman holding the award

Mark Ackerman, BLM wildlife biologist at the preserve, said BLM and the vector control district have worked together to find ways to control mosquitoes. “It is a pleasure working with such knowledgeable and professional staff from the Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District,” he said. Although the preserve uses fish that eat mosquito larvae supplied by the district, the key has been water management.
The preserve has worked to eliminate the stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. “Good water management has been essential,” said Ackerman.

Water delivery facilities are maintained so water doesn’t pond up in low spots and irrigation water is quickly drained before it becomes stagnant.

- D. Christy, 7/08

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 341

Last updated: 07-24-2008