Fight the Bite this Spring

It's that time of year again, longer days, warmer temperatures and... mosquitoes. Increased rain from a very wet winter left behind stagnant water and more areas where mosquitoes can develop. More mosquitoes means a bigger threat of West Nile virus, a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by following these tips from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District:  

  • At least once a week, walk around your property and check for any containers that may collect water. Drain water from buckets, flower pots, fountains, children's toys, pet dishes, cans, bird baths, tires, wheelbarrows and other containers in your yard.
  • Mosquitoes breed in wet and clogged street gutters. Do not over-water your lawn and please utilize yard waste containers for grass clippings and other debris.
  • Stock ornamental ponds, fountains and animal water troughs with mosquitofish. The District will provide them for free and will even deliver them to your home.
  • Drain water from pool, spa and boat covers.
  • Prevent mosquito bites by always wearing an effective mosquito repellent especially around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active or when you spend time outside. 

Report dead birds by calling 1-877-968-2473. For any problems with mosquitoes or to report a mosquito breeding source call 1-800-429-1022 or visit  www.fightthebite.net .