Can yards be sprayed for mosquitoes, fleas?

Question: There seemed to be more mosquitoes this year, and fleas too. Mosquitoes can carry disease. Is there any way we can get housing to spray our yards for these insects since we pay rent?

Answer: Mosquitoes and fleas are a common nuisance in summer and fall. We have 22 different species of mosquitoes here at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), partly because of the extensive protected wetlands at Point Mugu. Saltwater mosquitoes, which make up the bulk of the mosquitoes we get at NBVC Point Mugu, are luckily not disease-bearing, just annoying! Freshwater mosquitoes can spread disease, and there are several ways to deter them, starting with wearing repellant when you are outdoors and cleaning up any standing pools of water around your home.

We monitor standing water in the wetlands and employ abatement efforts using long-lasting briquettes and larvicides whenever possible. In housing areas, groundskeepers do a great job of cleaning up standing fresh water and monitoring for larval activity. You can help by making sure your yard doesn’t have any breeding areas for the insects, such as old birdbaths or water pooled on tarps or other outdoor covers. There was a great article in the Aug. 22 edition of The Lighthouse that covered many tips and tricks for helping reduce mosquito activity.

Fleas are another matter. Housing does not spray yards for fleas because the choice to have a pet is an individual one, and flea abatement and control is the pet owner’s responsibility. As a dog owner, I understand the frustration of finding fleas on your pet. If your usual flea treatments aren’t working, I’d recommend talking to your veterinarian about alternatives, but housing will not take responsibility for spraying yards for fleas.

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