Recent rain left behind a lot of stagnant water. Since temperatures are expected to increase in April, this can create the perfect combination for mosquitoes to breed. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to “drain after the rain” to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

“It’s been a wet March and we’ve had a significant amount of rain these last few days,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Mosquitoes complete their life cycle much faster in warm weather,” he said. “We urge all residents to do their part and drain all sources of standing water from common backyard sources such as buckets, flowerpots, bird baths, old tires and other small containers that may breed mosquitoes.”

Goodman said getting rid of areas where mosquitoes can breed now will go a long way later in the season. He said there was a marked increase in mosquito activity in February when the weather was warm and dry.  These mosquitoes are ones that had been hibernating during the past few months. Although they were aggressive day biting mosquitoes, they are considered only a seasonal nuisance and can’t transmit West Nile virus.

To report any stagnant water, mosquito breeding problems or request a free home service inspection, including mosquito fish for your pond or fountain, call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a free service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District provides year round mosquito and vector control services. The district’s main goal is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of diseases and improving the quality of life for all residents.