Managers Update, Fall 2012

Fall is here! However this doesn’t mean the mosquito season is over. Mosquitoes and West Nile virus activity are still present in our area and we continue to see mosquito samples and dead birds testing positive for the disease. This means the risk of becoming infected is still real and we all need to be proactive to ensure we stay protected from mosquito bites. The 2012 mosquito season has been very busy and intense. Signs of West Nile virus activity came very early and throughout the summer months, activity was widespread. Nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this was the worst West Nile virus outbreak since the disease was introduced in 1999.

As many enjoy the cooler evenings and children engage in after school evening sports practices, we urge you to protect yourself and your children by always wearing a  good mosquito 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 at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm  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.

If you would like to request a free home inspection, need mosquitofish for your pond, would like to report a neglected pool or request a presentation for your school, community group, or neighborhood association, please visit our website at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. You may also stay updated on District activities and interesting information by liking us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SYMVCD?ref=hl or following us on Twitter https://twitter.com/SYMVCD

As we move through the rest of the 2012 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