Santa Clara County supervisors are considering an opt-out program for homeowners who oppose mosquito fogging.
Residents concerned about fogging in their neighborhood said plans for the opt-out program are a step in the right direction. However, the vector control district argues fogging is necessary to protect people from West Nile Virus.
“The warm weather makes their breeding cycle a lot faster,” Santa Clara County Vector Control District Manager Denise Bonilla said of mosquitoes.
Last year, 11 people in the county were infected with the West Nile Virus. In Orange County — where neighborhoods were not sprayed — 266 people were infected.