FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 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 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. The recent rain storm from earlier in the week may have left stagnant water, so it’s important to drain it.  “Remember to check your backyard and dump any water in flower pots, kiddie pools, tires, pet dishes, bird baths and other common household containers that can hold water,” added Goodman.
 
While no West Nile virus activity has been detected to date in birds or mosquitoes, the very warm temperatures expected for the next week might change that. “Hot temperatures accelerate the lifecycle 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 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 warm weather and the summer season get underway.

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 them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net