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 will be spending time outdoors as this holiday is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager.
“As you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, a camping trip or enjoying outdoor activities, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes 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. Always follow label directions when applying repellent.
Aside from personal protection against mosquito bites, draining all sources of stagnant water around the home is also important.
“Remember to drain after the rain and this weekend please inspect your yard for any containers filled with water from the recent storm,” said Goodman.
Despite the rain and cooler than normal temperatures for this time of the year, West Nile virus activity has already been detected in the area. Earlier this week, the first bird of the season, a crow collected from south of Del Paso Heights in Sacramento tested positive for the virus.
“Since temperatures are expected to get very warm next week, it is likely that we will see additional West Nile virus activity in more birds and mosquito populations,” indicated Goodman.
In 2017, California continued to see West Nile virus activity and 553 human cases were confirmed including 44 fatalities. Also of concern are the invasive mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus which have been found in nearly 200 cities throughout Central and Southern California and continue to spread throughout the state. These mosquitoes pose a significant health threat because they are capable of transmitting dangerous viruses including Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya.
To report stagnant water sources, request a home inspection or if you are being bothered by mosquitoes, 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 http://www.FIGHTtheBITE.net