Red Phone: Bug off, mosquitoes

I live out on Eagle Ridge Golf Course on the 12th fairway. They
have three ponds there.
“I live out on Eagle Ridge Golf Course on the 12th fairway. They have three ponds there. These ponds are a disaster and are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and disease. They have another pond on the fifth hole that is breeding mosquitoes. These are a health hazard. I’ve lived here almost five years and have never seen it this bad. Mosquitoes are taking over.”

& Red Phone: Dear Bitten By Mosquitoes, We’re sorry to hear that you have had trouble with the mosquitoes. We understand your concern with West Nile virus.

There are 52 species of mosquitoes in California, according to the Alameda County Abatement District (mosquitoes.org). They have different eating habits. Some feast on humans. Some don’t. Some come out at night and some during the day.

Rick Smith, the general manager of Eagle Ridge, said he was surprised to hear about your concern because he hasn’t received any complaints.

“I checked with the golf course superintendent, and he says – and I agree – we have had fewer mosquitoes this year than in years past,” he said. “This is the first year I can remember not having a mosquito bite.”

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District also made a visit to Eagle Ridge and didn’t notice any mosquitoes breeding there, said technician Victor Romano.

The last time the district received a call about mosquitoes at Eagle Ridge was in 2004, he said.

You can report mosquitoes to Vector Control at 918-4770, and they will take a look at it, Moreno said. He encouraged people to be as specific as possible, including time, location and what they observed.

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