Warmer Than Normal Temperatures And Recent Rain Bring Mosquitoes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2014

WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND RECENT RAIN BRING MOSQUITOES

–Remember to drain after the rain 

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District would like to inform the public of an increase in the number of active mosquitoes. Warmer than normal temperatures in January followed by a few days of steady rain last week has led to stagnant water and mosquitoes.  ”We are receiving an increasing number of service requests” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. These requests are due to mosquitoes that have been in their winter resting locations and are now coming out of hibernation due to the warmer weather. They leave their resting spot looking for their first blood meal.  In addition to the phone calls about numbers of mosquitoes, other residents are reporting dirty swimming pools and stagnant water locations. “We appreciate these reports because we rely on the public’s help to identify these mosquito breeding sources so we can take care of them early in the season,” added Goodman.

With the recent rainfall and more rain expected in the next few days, the District also urges residents to “drain after the rain” and inspect their homes for stagnant water in buckets, cans, flower pots and areas in the back yard where mosquitoes may breed.

While it is still early in the year, it’s important for the public to stay protected against mosquitoes and diseases such as West Nile virus. In 2013, a total of 372 human cases were reported in California including 14 deaths. In addition, 2 new and invasive mosquito species, the Asian tiger mosquito and the Yellow fever mosquito were found in several areas in the state and could pose a new public health threat.

 

To report any stagnant water, breeding sources or if mosquitoes are a nuisance, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

 

            Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.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