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Have a Stagnant Pool? Call the Mosquito Guy

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Have a Stagnant Pool? Call the Mosquito Guy

Have a Stagnant Pool? Call the Mosquito Guy

Have a Stagnant Pool? Call the Mosquito Guy

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In the Sacramento, Calif., area, housing prices are way down — in the past year, sales volume has dropped by almost one-third. That means there are more vacant houses than usual. More vacant houses means more untended swimming pools. And more untended swimming pools means many more breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which lay their larvae in standing water.

So the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District have sent out an e-mail to real estate agents.

It says something like this: "Report vacant houses with untended swimming pools ... so we can send out a technician ... like Robert Fowler. He'll come out to spray larvicide and then put some fish in the pool to eat the larvae."

We follow Fowler around to see just what his job entails.