Warm Temps Bring Mosquitoes Back

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 12, 2007

So how bad will the mosquito problem be this year? 

"Well, it’s still a little bit too early to tell."

David Brown heads the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Control and Vector District. He point out, the last two years we had late rains followed by extremely warm temperatures. That created a mosquito population boom. 

"We haven’t had the amount of rain this year that we’ve seen in the last two years but again it’s still a little bit too early to say so I think the best thing to do is for people just to prepare."

And he says that means getting rid of standing water around your house that could serve as a potential breeding source for mosquitoes.

Brown says they’re already starting to see a few of the mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile Virus. Last year there were 27 human cases of West Nile Virus in Yolo County and 16 in Sacramento County.

Vector control is recruiting volunteers to go door-to-door and spread the word about mosquito fighting tips. They’ll be out in force during Mosquito Awareness Week in late April.