Have a Bug-Free Fourth of July

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – With the upcoming holiday weekend, the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to have a safe and mosquito-free celebration.

The recent rain and upcoming warm weather is an ideal combination when it comes to mosquitoes. Add to that the high likelihood of people being out and about during peak mosquito activity, watching fireworks and barbecuing, folks have a high chance of being bitten by mosquitoes. According to the District, there are certain things that can be done to reduce this risk.

Draining or dumping out water that has accumulated in the past few days is one way to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs or hatching. Using an effective insect repellent is another way to keep mosquitoes at bay.

The District anticipates a much longer season this year, well into the fall. “With the possibility of mosquitoes being around much longer than usual, we encourage members of the public to start implementing good habits now before we see West Nile virus activity in Placer County,” says Joel Buettner, District General Manager.

For this weekend, as for the rest of the summer, the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District recommends the 3 D’s of protection:

  • Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent, dressing protectively when outside, and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
  • Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
  • Contact the District for any additional help controlling mosquitoes around your home.

For more information and to report neglected pools, residents of Placer County may contact:

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District
(888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org.

To report a dead bird, contact (877) 968-2473 or visit www.westnile.ca.gov.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer (916) 380-5480.

Mosquito Control Gears up for a New Season

PMVCD ramps up for increased mosquito activity

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – In preparation of another season of increased mosquito activity, the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District has been busy with a variety of activities, including setting up sentinel chicken coops, placing mosquito traps throughout the county, training seasonal support staff, and boosting its mosquitofish supply, which should be available for the public in mid-May.

For photo opportunity, please contact Ada Barros at (916) 380-5444 or by e-mail at pio@placermosquito.org.

“This is a good time to remind Placer County residents that mosquito season is around the corner, since more people are starting to engage in warm-weather outdoor activities,” said Joel Buettner, District Manager. The District has seen an increase in service requests in the past few weeks, with the most recent warming trends.

Most current mosquito activity involves treehole mosquitoes, which develop in small water-filled holes in the trunks of trees, and in man-made containers. These black and white mosquitoes tend to remain close to the area where they developed, and female mosquitoes will aggressively try to bite people at any time of day. Treehole mosquitoes are the primary vectors of dog heartworm, which can be fatal for both dogs
and cats that have not been given heartworm medication.

“It is no coincidence that warm weather, which brings people outside, also brings out mosquitoes and other vectors. Our goal is not only to control those vectors, but to educate Placer County residents about mosquito prevention so that we can all work together to decrease health risks associated with vectorborne disease,” states Buettner.

3 D’s of Protection
Residents are encouraged to incorporate mosquito control and prevention into their daily lives by practicing the 3Ds of Prevention.

  • DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
  • DEFEND yourself and your home against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, dressing appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and keeping door and window screens in good working condition.
  • Contact the DISTRICT for help. We are here to serve you. Call us at (888) 768-2343, or visit us online at www.placermosquito.org.

Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District provides mosquito and vector control services for Placer County

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer (916) 380-5480.