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From Southern California to West Roseville
My family moved from Southern California to West Roseville CA around 1994. Back then West Roseville only went out about to the Autumn Oaks Apartments and Foothill Tennis Apartments (now called Allegria At Roseville Apartments).
West Roseville Memories
We bought a home in West Roseville where our bathroom overlooked a field with cows! I loved the sweet hint of country living that accompanied the great advantages of city living like good stores, restaurants, medical options, etc. The Woodcreek Oaks neighborhood was still quite new – at least the neighborhood of homes by JTS builders was (we had friends who lived there 😉 ). And Sun City must have been in the planning stages as they just this year (2016) celebrated their 20th anniversary! I’d still be in that home but the cows moved and we realized we needed a single story or a home with a bedroom and a bathroom downstairs. But I do miss those cows.
West Roseville Goats and Other Fun Critters
Things have definitely changed over the years! I love that we can still enjoy that country feeling, though you’re probably living in homes further over in West Roseville such as in the Westpark or Fiddyment Farm neighborhoods if you have cows nearby. Or perhaps over near the Morgan Creek Country Club. But our beloved Roseville goats continue to wander around in a variety of areas including West Roseville, munching on grass and delighting nearby residents – young and old!
Thanks to our lovely nature preserves, we can enjoy delightful walks, runs, and bike rides throughout the city along the beautiful walking trails. But, when you’re walking, running, or biking do be alert. With a little bit of country can come a little bit of country critters! And that’s true for all of Roseville, not just West Roseville. My sweet turkeys are still marching around – the adults (pink arrow) were strutting around one of our local golf courses the other day. And last week, I spotted a mom, dad, and baby turkeys (where black arrows are pointing) – so cute!
Not Such Cute Critters
Along with cute and cuddly, however, comes not so cute and cuddly – like skunks, squirrels, rattlesnakes, coyotes (spotted this year), and mountain lions (spotted last year). To learn more about each critter, click each name to go to a page with info about them. Plus here are some other useful sites with info about some of these interesting, albeit disconcerting, critters, just in case…
- California Department of Fish and Game – Conservation and Management of Wildlife and Habitat
- California Wildlife Center
- Gold Country Wildlife Rescue
- US Fish and Wildlife Service – Sacramento – National Wildlife Refuge
- Placer County
Another “critter” that is of special concern to us in Roseville, from West Roseville to East Roseville and all around the Sacramento valley- as well as the whole world this year – is the mosquito! The normal garden-variety mosquito is bad enough. For years, Placer County has been spraying to help stave off West Nile Virus. In fact, they just did a spraying in West Roseville – in the Westpark, Fiddyment Farm area.
But this year, there is also a major concern about the Zika virus! According to the Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District, they are monitoring the Zika mosquito activity closely. Currently it is mostly in Southern California. However, according to the California Department of Public Health, there have been some found in Northern California cities including 5 in Alameda, 4 in Contra Costa, 1 in Napa, 2 in San Francisco, 2 in Yolo, and others. Their list is updated weekly and you can find it by CLICKING HERE. KQED has a good article on the Zika mosquito too.
You’ll be happy to hear that our Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District, as well as others in the state, are researching, planning, and preparing to fight it if and when it becomes necessary. Sadly, scientists are discovering it is an extremely hardy critter. Happily, it’s not fond of our normal California weather so that may be a big help over the next few years. We definitely hope and pray they will find a way to stop these bugs SOON!
At an RCONA (Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations) meeting recently, the Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District’s Public Information Officer shared that they plan to attend as many outdoor city and community events as possible, like Movies in the Park, National Night Out, etc., to give away a variety of free bug repellent towelettes. Their goal is to give all of us a chance to “test drive” different brands. Isn’t that a cool idea! 🙂 Click here for a link to the two flyers she shared, with more information about mosquitoes in general – something we all need to be proactive at working against.
Some other steps we can take to battle these bugs include “thinking green.” As in, adding more mosquito repellant plants around our Roseville homes. Did you know that mosquitoes don’t like plants like Rosemary? That’s one of my fave ground cover plants. It smells good, looks nice, and it’s great in cooking. Talk about a practical plant! BUT do be cautious when buying Rosemary. According to Canidae (manufacturer of my sweet granddog’s fave dog food), in their article, “Garden Plants that Help Fight Fleas” (and Mosquitoes), “Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. Be careful when planting Rosemary, however. You want to make sure to get the herb plant, which is safe for pets and not Rosemary Pea or Rosemary Bog because they are toxic for dogs and cats.” That was certainly news to me! How about you?
There are several other plants that repel mosquitoes. Green Acres Nursery suggests Lemon Thyme, Lime Basil, and Catnip. More practical plants and my grand-cat would definitely LOVE that catnip! Also, Thyme, Catmint, and Cedars. You’ll find links to these and more at my Pinterest board on Mosquitoes.
2018 Update – Here are a few more articles of interest.
- This was written last February, 2017. BUT it apparently is proving true again THIS February.
- More on the fight against ZIKA
- California Department of Public Health on ZIKA including monthly updates.
Love Living In Roseville CA!
Yes, here in Roseville CA we do enjoy cute critters and less-than-cute critters. But isn’t it nice to know that we have great people in Roseville, in Placer County, and in our sweet state of California who are working hard to help us be safer and more proactive in needed areas! So we can keep enjoying the lovely walking trails from West Roseville to East Roseville and all in between! As I said earlier, we moved here in 1994. We loved it then and we love it even more now! With all the the cute AND not-so-cute critters. 🙂
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