‘Fight the Bite!’ by Reducing Mosquitoes Around Your Home

shutterstock_145890299We’re still in the thick of it. Both mosquito and West Nile virus activity peak from June to September, and the hotter the weather, the faster mosquitoes reproduce. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) strongly urges everyone to “Fight the Bite!” and take all mosquito prevention and protection measures.

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying—they can pose a serious threat to public health. They can transmit and spread diseases such as West Nile virus, canine heartworm, Western equine encephalomyelitis virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus, and malaria.

Since water is necessary to the lifecycle of a mosquito, anything that holds water for even a few days quickly becomes a breeding ground for these insects. To control their production and protect your health, the District advises the seven Ds:

  • Drain standing water
  • Dawn and Dusk are times to avoid being outdoors
  • Dress appropriately when going outside
  • Defend yourself with an effective insect repellent
  • Doors and window screens should be in good working condition
  • District can be contacted for more information

Mosquito sources around homes include fish ponds, swimming pools and spas, tree holes, bird baths, pet water bowls, and roof gutters.

For more information about controlling mosquitoes around your home or to report mosquito sources to the District, call (800) 429-1022 or go to the Fight the Bite! website at www.fightthebite.net.

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