Weather could increase mosquitos, West Nile in Winters agency manager says

There’s plenty of reason to use caution this summer when it comes to mosquito infections.
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one Yolo County man died from the disease, county health officials told the Express. Around that time, six confirmed infections had been reported in the county. The mosquito control agency is doing what it can to combat the spread of that disease and others transmitted by mosquitos — from aerial spraying over rice patties where mosquitos are known to thrive, to creative solutions including the breeding and installation of around 3,000 pounds of mosquito-larvae eating fish throughout both counties. “Recent rains are going to be a big problem for us…those mosquitoes are going to start coming off in droves,” Goodman said. There are things people can do to help protect themselves from West Nile, Goodman said, including draining standing water, ensuring screens on windows and doors are properly installed and free from tears, and using mosquito repellant. For residents with swimming pools, the mosquito vector control agency will do a mosquito inspection; agents currently visit between 7,000 and 8,000 swimming pools in Yolo and Sacramento counties every year. And if you want those larvae-eating fish for your pond or waterway, the agency will install those too free of charge.]]>

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