FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2019
 
            Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  [email protected]

INVASIVE MOSQUITOES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN CITRUS HEIGHTS
–First detection of Aedes aegypti within Sacramento County
 
Elk Grove, Ca.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has found Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Citrus Heights.  The detection was made after District staff conducted door- to door surveillance in the area earlier today.  Immature mosquitoes were found in a watering can of a residence and also detected in a street storm drain. “Now that we have found these invasive mosquitoes in our area, the goal is to control and limit their expansion,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. Aedes aegypti is not native to California and it is an aggressive day biting mosquito that prefers to feed on humans. These mosquitoes pose a significant health threat because they can transmit deadly viruses including Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya.
 
In response to this new detection, the District is conducting ground treatments in neighborhoods along the northern Sacramento and Placer County line starting early tomorrow morning. “We are mobilizing and responding quickly in order to protect the residents we serve,” stated Goodman. In addition, extensive surveillance efforts will continue by placing traps specifically meant to collect and detect these specific mosquitoes. Field staff will continue with door to door inspections looking for breeding sources and conducting appropriate treatments as necessary in residential areas.
 
Earlier today, neighboring Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District announced the finding of these mosquitoes within their District area as well. Invasive mosquitoes have also been detected in Stockton, Modesto and Turlock previously this month.
 
Public cooperation is critical in detecting and controlling the spread of these mosquitoes. Residents experiencing mosquito bites during the day should report them immediately by calling 1-800-429-1022 or requesting service at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net  Invasive mosquitoes lay their eggs in small back yard containers such as dishes under plants, tin cans, tires, bird baths, pet dishes or fountains. Residents are urged to inspect their yards daily and drain even very small amounts of water. For additional information regarding invasive Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes visit:
 
California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Aedes-aegypti-and-Aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes.aspx
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/
 

 
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