Drain After the Rain to Prevent Mosquitoes


January 25, 2012


Elk Grove,Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to “drain after the rain” to prevent mosquitoes! Wet weather followed by warm temperatures creates ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes, so it becomes necessary to have good water management practices around the house. “The recent storm left a lot of stagnant water,” said David Brown, District Manager “We urge everyone to inspect their yard and dump out water from household containers such as buckets, flowerpots, bird baths and old tires that may breed mosquitoes.” The dry and warming weather conditions expected for the next few days may bring mosquitoes out. “You may notice more mosquitoes during your evening walk,” added Brown. “These are hungry mosquitoes that had been hibernating and are now ready to bite and begin their life cycle.”

While it is still very early in the year, it’s important for the public to stay protected against mosquitoes and diseases such as West Nile virus. In 2011, 4 human cases were reported in Sacramento County and 155 throughout the state. Of these, 8 people died.

To report any stagnant water or mosquito breeding problems, please call

1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District provides year round mosquito and vector control services. The main goal for the District is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of diseases and improving the quality of life for all residents.

        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