March 30, 2022
DRAIN AFTER THE RAIN TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES
“Mosquitoes complete their life cycle much faster in warm weather. We urge all residents to do their part and help us drain standing water from common backyard sources such as buckets, flower pots, bird baths, old tires and other small containers that may breed mosquitoes,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Getting rid of areas where mosquitoes can breed now will go a long way later in the season,” indicated Goodman. This is especially important for the prevention of invasive mosquitoes which have been rapidly spreading throughout the District since 2019. Last year invasive mosquitoes were found for the first time in Elk Grove and the city of Sacramento along with other known areas in Yolo and Sacramento counties. Invasive mosquitoes are a public health threat and are capable of transmitting debilitating diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
With the beginning of spring along with dry and warm weather conditions, mosquitoes will likely keep thriving. While it is still early in the year, it’s important for the public to stay protected against mosquitoes and diseases such as West Nile virus. “The best protection against mosquitoes is to wear an effective mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors,” emphasized Goodman.
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 us at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net