Free Repellent Available for National Night Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2010

FREE REPELLENT AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

Personal Protection is Key in Preventing Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is giving away boxes of mosquito repellent towelettes, while supplies last, to communities engaging in outdoor activities in honor of National Night Out next Tuesday, August 3rd. The event focuses on crime and drug prevention and many neighborhoods come together for outdoor social gatherings during times of peak mosquito activity. “We know many people will be outside for this event and we want to remind the public that personal protection against mosquitoes continues to be key in the prevention of West Nile virus” said David Brown, District Manager. “We encourage the public to take advantage of the free repellent we are offering”. The repellent, Deep Woods OFF, with the active ingredient DEET, comes in small boxes and is available for pick up from the two District offices in Elk Grove and Woodland.

In recent weeks, many infected birds and mosquito samples have been found in various areas of both Sacramento and Yolo counties. The District urges the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites when they are outdoors. “Repellent comes in a variety of forms: lotions, sprays, towelettes and powders. The most important thing is to apply it to ensure you and your family are not bitten” said Brown. Repellent should be applied based on duration and type of activity.  Sweat will make the repellent wear off faster, and people engaging in physical activity will likely need to apply repellent more often.  Residents should always follow the directions on the repellent’s label.  Brown reminds everyone to think about repellent as often as they might think about sunscreen when outdoors during the summer.

For anyone interested in getting the free repellent, please email lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net to schedule a pick up time during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

2010 West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2–Sacramento County: 56 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 124 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Level 2–Yolo County: 4 dead birds, 0 sentinel chicken, 1 mosquito sample have tested positive for West Nile virus to date

This National Night Out Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention:

DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.

DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.

DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.

DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net