FIGHT THE BITE…MOSQUITOES ARE ALREADY OUT!

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January 25, 2011

FIGHT THE BITE…MOSQUITOES ARE ALREADY OUT!

Elk Grove, Calif.— It might only be January, but the warmer than usual temperatures and dry weather have created the ideal conditions for mosquitoes. “We’re starting to see many mosquitoes now,” said David Brown, District Manager. “Mosquitoes that had been resting for the past few months are already out and aggressively biting, ready to begin their life cycle.”

The above average rainfall total for December has left many potential water sources in and around the home, requiring regular household water management to prevent mosquitoes from developing later in the season.  “We urge all residents to check for mosquito breeding sources around their home.” said Brown.  “It is important to empty containers that may collect water such as buckets, flower pots, bird baths, cans and old tires. This will go a long way in ensuring that mosquitoes are not breeding on your property.”

With the continued depressed economic market and high number of foreclosed homes in the area, neglected swimming pools are of special concern for the District.  Pools can be a significant threat because if left un-attended, they can produce thousands of mosquitoes infecting an entire neighborhood. The District continues to work closely with residents and city and county agencies to identify homes with neglected pools so potential problems can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

To report a neglected swimming pool or other mosquito breeding problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

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

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 |  Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net