Free Mosquito Repellent Wipes Available for National Night out

August 2, 2018
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
Personal Protection is Key in Preventing Mosquitoes Bites and West Nile Virus
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is giving away boxes of mosquito repellent towelettes, while supplies last, to communities engaging in outdoor activities in honor of National Night Out next Tuesday, August 7th. The event focuses on crime and drug prevention and many neighborhoods come together for outdoor social gatherings during times of peak mosquito activity. “We know many people will be outside for this event and we want to remind the public that personal protection against mosquitoes is critical in the prevention of West Nile virus,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free repellent we are offering as part of our public outreach program,” added Goodman.
West Nile virus activity continues to be intense and widespread throughout Sacramento County. Some areas that the District is currently monitoring closely include Citrus Heights, Orangevale and North Highlands. In Yolo County, activity has been significantly less, however with the hottest weeks of summer remaining, this could quickly change. The District urges the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites when they are outdoors. “Repellent comes in a variety of forms including lotion, spray and towelettes. Find one that you like and use it to ensure you are not bitten by mosquitoes,” said Goodman. Repellent should be applied based on duration and type of activity.  Sweat will make the repellent wear off faster, and people engaging in physical activity will likely need to apply repellent more often.  Residents should always follow the directions on the repellent’s label.  Goodman reminds everyone to think about using repellent as often as they might think about sunscreen when outdoors during the summer.
For anyone interested in getting the free repellent, please email Luz Maria Robles at to schedule a pick up time at the Elk Grove and Woodland offices during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.
2018 West Nile virus activity update map:
Sacramento County:  182 mosquito samples and 133 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: 22 mosquito samples and 11 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
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