FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2016
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. — Family barbecues, camping and other fun outdoor activities will be popular with area residents this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day, this is why the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Control District wants to remind the public to protect themselves against mosquito bites and reduce their risk for West Nile virus. “The weather is perfect for spending time outside,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager “Remember to protect you and your family by wearing an effective insect repellent” he added. Recently three birds found in the Fair Oaks area within Sacramento County have tested positive; these are the first signs of West Nile virus activity for the season. “Since temperatures are set to reach triple digits next week, it is likely that we will see additional activity soon” added Goodman.
In the last few days, West Nile virus activity has increased throughout the state and thus far, activity has been found in 9 counties including neighboring San Joaquin and Solano counties. Last year in California there were 783 confirmed human cases and 53 deaths related to West Nile virus.
This year the District is celebrating 70 years of service protecting public health! Residents may visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to view a short video as well as subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for any upcoming mosquito treatments and other services provided by the District.
To report a neglected swimming pool or other mosquito problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
2016 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County: 3 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: No activity has been detected so far.
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