Warm Temperatures Bring Mosquitoes
While the official start of spring is still a couple of weeks away, warming temperatures have brought an increase in mosquitoes. Warm sunny days along with stagnant water left behind from winter rain storms makes the perfect combination for mosquitoes to breed. “Over the past few weeks we’ve definitely seen an increase in mosquitoes,” said Gary Goodman, Manager for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District.
“All the rain we’ve gotten this winter has created many potential mosquito breeding sites,” he added. While it’s too soon to predict the severity of the mosquito season and the intensity of West Nile virus activity, one element is certain, having more water can definitely create more areas for mosquitoes to grow. The District asks residents to be responsible and do their part to eliminate areas of stagnant water around their home.
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.
“It’s easy to see the buckets, tires, flowerpots and other containers that get filled with water and dump them out, but don’t forget about clogged rain gutters, tarps that hold water or other sources that may produce thousands of mosquitoes and may not be so obvious, “ indicated Goodman. “Reducing these mosquito breeding sites around the home now will go a long way later in the season and will help us out significantly.”
Over the past few weeks the District has received an increase in public service request regarding aggressive day biting mosquitoes. This specific species of mosquito typically breeds in hollow tree holes filled with water and is a seasonal nuisance common during this time of the year. However it’s important to note that these mosquitoes do not pose a threat for transmitting West Nile virus.
District crews are currently out inspecting areas where these mosquitoes can breed and making appropriate treatments. The best protection for this and other mosquitoes is to dress in long sleeves and pants or to wear an effective mosquito repellent while spending time outdoors. Insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus provide the best protection against mosquito transmitted diseases.
To report neglected swimming pools, areas with stagnant water or mosquito breeding problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net