Managers Update for June, 2010

Managers Update

The weather is warming up and we may start seeing more mosquitoes! With the higher temperatures in days to come and the summer months ahead we will all be enjoying the outdoors, which means we have to stay protected from mosquito bites and take proper precautions to protect ourselves against West Nile virus (WNV). WNV activity has started in regions throughout the state with the reporting of positive dead birds and mosquito samples. Such activity is a clear indication that the virus is active and that anyone can become infected. We urge residents to be aware and take proactive measures to protect themselves. Draining all sources of standing water around the home, especially after the late spring rains is critical! When you start irrigating your lawns, ONLY irrigate your lawns, and not the sidewalks and gutters that divert water to storm drains that can produce mosquitoes during the summer months. Starting these good water management practices now will go a long way to reducing mosquito populations as we move ahead into the warmer months of the year.

At this time of year everyone enjoys spending more time outside, especially in the early morning and evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. We encourage you to dress appropriately and wear an effective mosquito repellent to ensure you are not bitten. As part of our Public Information and Education Campaign, the District offers free repellent to sports leagues, park and recreation departments, and community organizations for any outdoor evening events. If you would like repellent please contact our office by emailing us at info@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net.

Home foreclosures and neglected swimming pools continue to be a problem. While we receive daily reports of neglected swimming pools, public cooperation is still needed to ensure we treat as many pools as possible to keep residents safe. Just one neglected swimming pool can produce thousands of mosquitoes and infect an entire neighborhood! If you know of a neighbor that cannot keep their pool clean, please give us a call. District staff will add mosquitofish to the pool which will keep mosquitoes under control until the pool can be properly maintained. Please note that even with mosquitofish in the pool, the water will continue to be green and dirty until the pool is properly filtered and chemically treated. In the meantime, we urge residents NOT to add chlorine to the pool because this kills the fish and starts the mosquito production cycle again.

As the summer months get underway our commitment to serve and protect the public health of residents of Sacramento and Yolo Counties continues to be our top priority.
We will continue to treat mosquito sources in both urban and rural areas, our advertising campaign to educate the public will intensify, and our community outreach will be strong. Please contact us if you would like a presentation for your community group or classroom by filling out a presentation request form online.

Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for all. If you need assistance with mosquitoes please call us at 1-800-429-1022 or submit an online service request.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please call us at 1-800-429-1022.

We are here to serve you!

David Brown
Manager,
Sac-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District