May 28th, 2021
Contact: Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337
FIGHT THE BITE!
–Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes this Memorial Day Weekend
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds the public to take all necessary precautions and protect themselves from mosquitoes this Memorial Day weekend and in the upcoming warmer months. “Many residents are anxious and excited to get outside and enjoy the warm weather” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “As you celebrate the unofficial kick off to the summer season, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing a good mosquito repellent,” added Goodman. The Center for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Aside from personal protection against mosquito bites, it’s important to ensure mosquitoes are not breeding at home.
Earlier this week the District reported the first evidence of West Nile virus activity for the season as 3 dead birds tested positive in Galt. The very hot temperatures expected over the next few days will likely increase virus activity in both mosquito and bird populations. “Warm weather accelerates the life cycle of a mosquito, so we will likely see an increase in mosquitoes in the upcoming weeks and the risk for West Nile will also intensify,” indicated Goodman.
Another ongoing concern is the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti which is rapidly spreading throughout the District. Invasive mosquitoes were detected for the first time within District boundaries in 2019 in Citrus Heights. This season, surveillance efforts have already detected invasive mosquitoes in the city of Winters in Yolo County and in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County. Invasive mosquitoes pose a significant health threat because they can transmit dangerous viruses including Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya.
To report any stagnant water, a neglected pool or other mosquito problems, 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 us at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net