Managers Update, Summer 2012
The risk of mosquito-borne disease from West Nile virus continues to rise as we progress through the summer. The disease is endemic, with some areas of the state, as well as pockets in Sacramento and Yolo County, continuing to demonstrate amplification of the disease. It is extremely important for residents to take the following measures to avoid contracting the disease or contributing to our mosquito population.
Household water management is essential. The District urges all residents to check for mosquito breeding sources around their home. At least once a week, it’s important to empty containers that may collect water such as buckets, flower pots, bird baths and old tires. Emptying these containers will go a long way in ensuring that mosquitoes are not breeding on your property. Make sure proper water conservation management is also followed. Only irrigate the plants that need watering, and not the roadside gutter or storm drain. These sites tend to have a very high organic load that limits the effectiveness of our larvicides, so keeping them dry minimizes both pesticide use and mosquito production.
Unmaintained swimming pools continue to be a significant threat in our urban environment. Left un-attended, they can produce thousands of mosquitoes infecting an entire neighborhood. This continues to be a significant problem for the District and we urge the public to report any un-attended swimming pools by calling 1-800-429-1022 or filling out a neglected pool request form. With the help of our neighborhoods, we can find the pools that are producing mosquitoes and have out District field technicians treat them appropriately.
As people come out to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine it remains important to protect yourselves from mosquitoes and West Nile virus. Wear long sleeves and pants as you take your walk. Wear a good mosquito repellent, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Make sure to follow all label directions. Remember to keep doors and window screens closed to avoid mosquitoes from entering your home.
Our commitment to the residents of Sacramento and Yolo counties stands firm. District employees will aggressively continue to treat mosquito sources in urban and rural areas. We will also continue educating the public through our advertising campaign, participation in community events, presentations and series of community education forums. Please contact us if you would like a presentation to a group within your community.
Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for all. If you need assistance with mosquitoes please call us at 1-800-429-1022 or submit an online service request or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help you!