BBQ’s…Fireworks…and Mosquitoes!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2011

BBQ’S…FIREWORKS…AND MOSQUITOES!

Recent Storm and Warm Temperatures will Increase Mosquitoes

Elk Grove, Calif.— Fireworks and family BBQ’s are all activities many people may enjoy this holiday weekend, but the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public that mosquitoes will also be out looking to bite and that proper precautions to avoid West Nile virus are necessary. “This weekend, many will be outside enjoying the fireworks and other evening activities when mosquitoes are most active,” said David Brown, District Manager.  “It is very important for everyone to protect themselves by wearing an effective mosquito repellent,” said Brown.

The recent storm left a lot of stagnant water and the hot temperatures expected over the weekend will create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. “Now more than ever we urge all residents to do their part and help us control mosquitoes that may be developing in their back yard” said Brown. “In hot weather it only takes 4-7 days for mosquitoes to complete their life cycle. This means that in the days to come we’ll see a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes and this adds to the risk for contracting West Nile virus.” said Brown.

Last week, the District found the second dead bird that tested positive for West Nile virus and as hot summer temperatures continues, the virus is expected to amplify.  “All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to become ill, said Brown. “Everyone needs to take proper precautions to avoid being bitten.”

 

In 2010, 6 deaths and 111 human WNV cases were reported in California.

 

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

 

For current information about District activities, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code.  To sign up,  go to Spray Notifications on the website.

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