FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30th, 2020
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 |  Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  [email protected]

DRAIN AFTER THE RAIN TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES
 
Elk Grove, Calif.— The weekend rain has left behind a lot of stagnant water. Since temperatures are expected to increase over the next few days, this can create the perfect combination for mosquitoes to breed.  The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to “drain after the rain” to prevent mosquitoes from breeding!  “It’s been a wet March and we’ve had a significant amount of rain these last few days,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Mosquitoes complete their life cycle much faster in warm weather. We urge all residents to do their part and drain all sources of standing water from common backyard sources such as buckets, flower pots, bird baths, old tires and other small containers that may breed mosquitoes. Getting rid of areas where mosquitoes can breed now, will go a long way later in the season,” indicated Goodman. February was a very dry and warm month where there was a marked increase in mosquito activity. These mosquitoes are ones that had been hibernating during the past few months and while they were aggressive day biting mosquitoes, fortunately they are not the same species that can transmit West Nile virus and are considered only a seasonal nuisance.
 
To report any stagnant water, mosquito breeding problems or request a free home service inspection including mosquitofish for your pond/fountain, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a free service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
 
The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District provides year round mosquito and vector control services. The main goal for the District is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of diseases and improving the quality of life for all residents.

 
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