Rain Followed by Warm Temperatures Bring Mosquitoes


May 9, 2013



Remember to Drain after the Rain



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 very warm temperatures creates an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. “The latest rains have left stagnant water and it’s important for everyone to do their part,” said David Brown, District Manager.  “Controlling mosquitoes now will go a long way later in the season, so 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. Hot temperatures accelerate the mosquito lifecycle, so if you notice more mosquitoes during your outdoor morning or evening activities please remember to protect yourself from bites by always wearing an effective mosquito repellent” indicated Brown.


The warm weather in the weeks ahead also means an increased risk of West Nile virus. The disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds, has been established in our area since 2004.The public is encouraged to help the District by reporting all dead birds, (especially crows, jays or magpies) and squirrels. Reports can be made by calling 1-877-968-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov


In 2012, a total of 30 human West Nile virus cases were confirmed in SacramentoCounty while YoloCounty had 10. Throughout California, a significant West Nile virus outbreak that had not been seen in recent years resulted in 479 human cases including 19 deaths.


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


            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