It's too soon to tell the future regarding the intensity of the West Nile virus in California. However, more rainfall means there is an increased potential for mosquito breeding sites.
Your active participation can help reduce mosquito populations. Follow these guidelines:
- Dump water out of buckets, tires, flowerpots and other containers.
- Clean clogged rain gutters.
- Eliminate tarps or other sources that hold water.
- Keep screen doors and windows in good condition.
- Report neglected swimming pools or ponds to your local Mosquito and Vector Control agency.
Avoid being outside at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active. If you are outdoors, protect yourself and your family by dressing in long sleeves and pants, or wearing an effective mosquito repellent. The best repellents are those that contain DEET, Picardin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Don't let mosquitoes breed in your yard! Watch this video for tips on mosquito prevention.
Visit the UC IPM Mosquitoes page for more information about mosquitoes.
Excerpted from Sacramento Mosquito & Vector Control District March 9, 2017 press release.