MOSQUITOES BREED IN CEMETERY VASES

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May 22, 2009

MOSQUITOES BREED IN CEMETERY VASES
–Vases Are Treated With Water Crystals and the Public is Urged Not to Dump
Them Out
ELK GROVE, Calif. May 22, 2009— This Memorial Day weekend, many will visit local
cemeteries to honor veterans and loved ones that have passed. Since mosquitoes can breed in
the stagnant water collected in cemetery vases, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control
District officials have been working with local cemeteries to fill the vases with water crystals that
turn the water into a gel preventing mosquitoes from laying their eggs and keeping the flowers
fresh. “We’re asking for cooperation from the public,” said David Brown, District Manager
“Please don’t dump out the crystals because they are there to protect you against mosquitoes
and West Nile virus. Keeping the water crystals in the vases will go a long way in reducing
mosquitoes” said Brown.
Over the last year the District has been working closely with 30 cemeteries in both Sacramento
and Yolo County to treat vases with the water crystals and ensure vases that get dumped out
are refilled promptly. For vases needing new water crystals, cemetery offices have additional
packets of the material and the public can request them to use with their flowers.
The cemetery vase program plays an important role in keeping the public safe from mosquitoes
and diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV). While no West Nile virus activity has been
detected in our area thus far, the public needs to remain vigilant.
This week, neighboring San Joaquin County reported its first positive bird and throughout the
state, WNV activity has been detected in the counties of Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Fresno,
Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. Last year, California had 445 human infections reported
and 15 deaths related to West Nile virus.

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