Drain standing water to prevent mosquito breeding

Recent rains, combined with warm temperatures in the coming days, provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

That’s why the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District urges everyone to “drain the rain” to protect against mosquito-borne diseases.

“Mosquitoes complete their life cycle much faster in hot weather,” said District Manager Gary Goodman. “We urge all residents to do their part and help us drain standing water from common backyard sources such as buckets, flower pots, bird baths, old tires and the like. small containers that can breed mosquitoes.

“Getting rid of areas where mosquitoes can breed now will go much later in the season,” he added.

This is especially important for the prevention of invasive mosquitoes which have been spreading rapidly throughout the district since 2019.

Last year, invasive mosquitoes were first discovered in Elk Grove and the city of Sacramento, as well as other known areas in Yolo and Sacramento counties, including Winters and Davis.

Invasive mosquitoes pose a threat to public health and are capable of transmitting debilitating diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya, the district warned, adding that with the onset of spring, as well as dry and warm, mosquitoes will likely continue to thrive.

In addition to draining standing water, “the best protection against mosquitoes is to wear effective mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors,” Goodman said.

To report standing water, mosquito breeding problems, or to request a free home service inspection including mosquito fish for a pond or fountain, call 1-800-429-1022 or complete a free service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

As always, the district recommends following the “Ds” of mosquito prevention:

* DRAIN standing water which can produce mosquitoes.
* DAWN and DUSK are times when you should avoid being outside.
* DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants outside.
* DEFEND YOURSELF by using effective insect repellent. Be sure to follow label directions.
* DOOR and window screens must be in good working order.
* DISTRICT staff are also available to deal with any mosquito issues. Call 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net