FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2020
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  [email protected]

FIGHT THE BITE!
— Protect yourself from mosquitoes this Fourth of July
 
Elk Grove, Ca. — Fireworks and outdoor activities are a great combination, but when you add mosquitoes into the mix, it can certainly ruin the fun! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District advises the public to stay protected from mosquitoes and West Nile virus during the 4th of July holiday. “Tomorrow night, many will be outside enjoying the fireworks in the early evening when mosquitoes are out and aggressively looking to bite,” said Gary Goodman District Manager. “It’s important to stay protected by wearing an effective insect repellent,” added Goodman. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Always follow label directions when applying repellent.
 
West Nile virus activity was initially detected last month in both birds and mosquito populations. To date 3 mosquito samples and 7 birds have tested positive in Sacramento County. While this activity is low as compared to other more active years, the very warm temperatures expected in the upcoming weeks, will likely change this. “Hot weather accelerates the lifecycle of a mosquito, so we expect see an increase in mosquitoes and the risk for West Nile will also intensify,” indicated Goodman. 
 
Another ongoing concern is that last year, the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti was detected in different areas of Citrus Heights within Sacramento County. Invasive mosquitoes pose a significant health threat because they can transmit dangerous viruses including Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya. Surveillance efforts have continued since the initial detection last August.  To date in 2020, no invasive mosquitoes have been found in traps; however this is expected to change as hot weather and the summer season get underway.
 
To report mosquito breeding sources or request a service, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.
 
This 4th of July 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