Our seasonal catch basin program has been up and running since
mid-April. Our first seasonal employee started on April 20th.
Currently we have six seasonal catch basin drivers working from
East Palo Alto to Daly City. On an average day, one driver can
treat anywhere between 400 and 800 catch basins. Basins are
treated with BVA-2, a material similar to mineral oil which coats
the surface of the water and prevents mosquito larvae in the
water from breathing. The material dissipates after a few days.
In May, our staff sprayed 37,821 catch basins.
District staff has been doing a great job adapting
to the ever-changing coronavirus guidelines. Currently our vector
control technicians are showing up to work with a fresh uniform
on each day, getting in their work trucks at 8 am, and heading
out to the field. We have a staff meeting online twice a week
using the Microsoft Teams app to help coordinate work for the
week. This has been a great feature because gives us the ability
to connect with all of our staff at one time in a virtual meeting