Drain standing water to prevent mosquito breeding

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A field technician searches for signs of invasive mosquito eggs in a container while inspecting plant containers at a Winters’ residence.

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The recent rain, combined with warm temperatures in the days ahead, make for the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.

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

“Mosquitoes complete their life cycle much faster in warm 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 other small containers that may breed mosquitoes.

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

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

Last year, invasive mosquitoes were found for the first time in Elk Grove and the city of Sacramento along with other known areas in Yolo and Sacramento counties, including Winters and Davis.

Invasive mosquitoes are a public health threat and are capable of transmitting debilitating diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya, the district warned, adding that with the beginning of spring, along with dry and warm weather conditions, mosquitoes will likely keep thriving

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

To report any stagnant 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 fill out a free service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

As always, the district recommends following the “D’s” of mosquito prevention:

* DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
* DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.
* DRESS appropriately by 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 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

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