Managers update for September, 2010

Managers Update

We’re enjoying the last weeks of summer; however this doesn’t mean that we’ve come to the end of the mosquito season. Mosquitoes and West Nile virus are still present and active in our area, with numerous mosquito samples and birds demonstrating infection.  This means the risk of becoming infected with the disease is still real and that we all need to be proactive to ensure we stay protected.

As many enjoy the cool evenings and children engage in after school sports, remember to put on a good repellent. There are many varieties of repellents—lotions, sprays, oils, and wipes. We encourage you to find one that works for you and wear it every time you go outside when mosquitoes are active. The most important thing to look for is the percent of the active ingredient. The higher the percentage, the longer the protection it provides. If you need more information on repellents or have any questions, please visit the Centers for Disease Control page. The District has free repellent available to the public and willingly gives it out to interested sports groups, community organizations or neighborhood associations hosting evening events. Please contact us if you are interested in obtaining your free repellent wipes.

Our Public Information and Education Department is currently distributing 2011 Fight the Bite calendars that feature the winning entries of our Spring 2010 Fight the Bite calendar contestwinners.  If you would like a free calendar please give us a call. Presentations on mosquito and West Nile virus prevention are also available for your school, community or neighborhood group. Please visit us at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to request a presentation or any of our other services which include free mosquitofish for your pool or pond and a home service inspection. You may also stay updated on District activities and interesting information by becoming a friend on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

As we move through the rest of the 2010 mosquito season, please remember that we are committed to bring you quality services year round. We are here to serve you and protect public health. Together, we can ensure a safe, healthy environment for everyone.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please call us at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

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