Fight the Bite During National Night Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 1, 2011

FIGHT THE BITE DURING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

Use Mosquito Repellent to Prevent Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus

 

Elk Grove, Calif.— Tomorrow night is National Night Out, an event which focuses on public safety as well as crime and drug prevention. Many neighborhoods will come together to celebrate with activities such as outdoor BBQ’s and ice cream socials during the time when mosquitoes are most active. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to also protect themselves against mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent. “Even though temperatures are mild, it’s important to remember we’re in the middle of summer and this means mosquitoes are out and the threat of West Nile virus exists,” said David Brown District Manager. “While everyone will be focused on getting to know their neighbors and increasing public safety, mosquitoes will be out biting, so we encourage you to protect yourself by using an effective insect repellent,” said Brown.

 

For the past weeks, the District has distributed hundreds of free mosquito repellent packets to various neighborhood associations, community groups and law enforcement agencies so they can be distributed to participants during National Night Out.  Repellent is still available for any upcoming evening events, please email lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net to schedule a pick up time during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

 

In recent weeks, mosquito and West Nile virus activity has centered in the Wilton and Elk Grove areas of South Sacramento County. As a response to these findings, the District has increased surveillance and conducted localized ground fogging to reduce adult mosquito populations.  No human WNV have been reported in Sacramento or Yolo counties.

2011 West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2–Sacramento County: 18 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 47 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Yolo County: No activity has been registered to date.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082  |  Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

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