April 21, 2020


Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  [email protected]




Elk Grove, CA. — As part of Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces the winners of the 2020 annual “Fight the Bite” Contest for students in grades K-12. In an effort to teach children about the importance of mosquito control and prevention, the contest encourages kids to use art and submit a drawing that promotes the Fight the Bite theme to inspire everyone to prevent mosquitoes by practicing key messages such as draining standing water from containers commonly found in the backyard and using mosquito repellent to prevent bites especially if spending time outdoors. “These kids are very talented and we are very impressed by the artistic abilities of so many participants,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “The entries were very creative and it’s a pleasure to see kids using art to bring awareness on the importance of preventing mosquitoes and West Nile virus” indicated Goodman.


Students were divided into three grade categories: K-3, 4-6 and 7-12.  The winning entries were based on: creativity, originality and the ability to effectively communicate one or more of the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention.  This year, due to Covid-19 school closures, the first place winners will not be able to receive a surprise visit in their classroom; however they will still obtain a certificate of participation and a cash prize. The school of each winning student will also be awarded a prize to be used on educational materials. In addition, their artwork will be featured on the District website and social media. 


First place winners are:

K-3       Pushkal Dev Mishra from Gold River Discovery Center

4-6        Rola Hammad from Golden Empire Elementary

7-12      Abegail Soriano from Monterey Trail High School



*To view all the winning entries please click here



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