Ongoing West Nile Virus Activity Prompts Aerial Spraying for Elk Grove, Pocket and Neighborhoods South of Fruitridge Rd.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2018
 
ONGOING WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY PROMPTS AERIAL SPRAYING FOR ELK GROVE, POCKET AND NEIGHBORHOODS SOUTH OF FRUITRIDGE RD.
–Spraying is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday next week
 
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced today that aerial spraying for mosquitoes that carry the potentially fatal West Nile virus is scheduled for two consecutive nights on Monday, July 23rd and Tuesday, July 24th from approximately 8:00 pm to midnight.  “After careful consideration and evaluation of surveillance results, we are moving forward with our plans for aerial spraying,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager.  Over the past few weeks the District has been closely monitoring the areas of Elk Grove, Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Road due to many birds and mosquito samples testing positive for the virus.  Laboratory surveillance results obtained this morning confirmed that 23 more mosquito samples within the area of concern tested positive for the disease. “It is imperative that we act quickly to reduce the risk of human West Nile virus transmission and protect public health, especially since the hottest weeks of summer are upon us and populations of mosquitoes are very high increasing the risk to residents,” indicated Goodman. 
 
Approximately 41,000 acres will be treated, which covers Elk Grove, Pocket, and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Road. Please refer to the map for more specific locations or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.  Aerial treatments will be made using Trumpet EC, an insecticide registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California EPA for use in mosquito control and routinely used throughout the United States to control mosquitoes.  While attempts are made to notify the public, the District may postpone, modify or cancel a scheduled application due to unfavorable conditions.
 
View an interactive map on our website

Map of Treatment Area

Residents can sign up for urban aerial spraying updates by texting “sprayupdate” to 69922. Messages will only be sent to subscribers when aerial spraying is scheduled, the morning of the first scheduled day, and a live notification when spraying begins and ends each day.  You may also sign up to receive email notifications by zip code. To sign up, visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net and go to Spray Notifications. Information for current treatments planned is also available on the District website under Spraying Updates.
 
2018 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County: 142 mosquito samples and 67 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  7 mosquito samples and 6 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

 


To report stagnant water sources, request a home inspection or if you are being bothered by mosquitoes, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.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