Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes This Fourth of July Holiday

June 30, 2017
            Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
Elk Grove, Calif.— BBQ’s, fireworks and fun outdoor activities are a great combination for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, however the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public that mosquitoes are very active now and proper precautions are necessary to avoid mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus.  “This weekend many will be making plans for  4th of July holiday, perhaps going camping, hiking and enjoying other outdoor activities,” said Gary Goodman,  District Manager. “It’s important to remember that mosquitoes and West Nile virus are a threat and it’s necessary to take proper precautions such as wearing a good insect repellent,” added Goodman. The Center for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Always follow label directions when applying repellent.
In addition to protecting yourself from mosquito bites, the District urges area residents to do their part to ensure mosquitoes don’t breed on their property. “As we head into the hottest months of the year and we know West Nile virus will be on the rise, we ask everyone to do their part and help us control mosquitoes by draining all sources of water in their back yard” said Goodman.
West Nile virus continues throughout the state and so far, activity has been found in 16 counties. In 2016 there were 442 human cases and 19 deaths related to West Nile virus.
For current information about District activities, please visit Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website. Information for current treatments planned is also available on the District website under Spraying Updates.

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