West Nile Virus Activity Intense in North Sacramento County, Aerial Spraying Is Being Considered

August 3, 2018
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

–Aerial spraying is being considered for Citrus Heights, Orangevale and North Highlands
Elk Grove, Ca— Concern continues to grow for areas in North Sacramento County where West Nile virus activity continues to be detected as many mosquito samples and dead birds have tested positive.  As a result of the ongoing detection of the disease, aerial spraying is currently being considered for Citrus Heights and the communities of Orangevale and North Highlands. “For the last couple of weeks we have seen a steady amplification of the virus,” said Gary Goodman, Manager for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District. “All residents must take these warning signs very seriously because the risk for West Nile virus is very high,” added Goodman.
Currently, the District is evaluating surveillance data and considering aerial spraying to quickly reduce mosquito populations that can pose a health threat to residents. Additional laboratory results will be available on Monday that will help determine if aerial treatments will take place later in the week in the area of concern. For specific locations, see the attached map. 
The District has proceeded with its mosquito management plan to protect public health and welfare which includes extensive ground spraying in parks and neighborhoods where intervention is needed. Extensive mosquito trapping and monitoring will also continue in order to monitor the spread of the disease and evaluate further necessary actions.

Area of Concern Map

The District urges residents to be vigilant and continue protecting themselves with an effective mosquito repellent during times of peak mosquito activity, especially with National Night Out next week. “It just takes one mosquito bite to change your life, please be aware that West Nile virus can affect anyone” said Goodman.
For current information about any treatments planned please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net Residents can subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code.
2018 West Nile virus activity update:
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 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