Cotati, CA - The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District wants to remind the public to pack mosquito repellent when preparing for outdoor activities this holiday weekend. With stagnant water left from recent rains and the current heat wave in the north bay, there is a high probability of increased mosquito activity.
"This holiday in particular is centered around outside activities, especially during dusk when mosquitoes are most active," said Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for MSMVCD. "It is imperative that residents take personal protection measures against mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves and long pants, and apply an effective insect repellent to exposed skin," said Sequeira.
Repellents that contain an active ingredient which has been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been proven to be most effective when applied according to the instructions on the label.
When there is a need for both sunscreen and insect repellent, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using two separate products rather than a dual purpose one, as repellents do not need to be reapplied as often as sunscreen.
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District, in accordance with the CDC, recommends repellents that contain one of the following active ingredients:
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD)
Simple ways to help reduce exposure to mosquitoes:
- Eliminate standing water in rain barrels, old tires, buckets, kiddie pools or any other item that can hold water for more than a week.
- Report mosquito problems, neglected swimming pools, or any area that could be producing mosquitoes.
- Stock backyard ponds or other permanent water features with mosquitofish. The fish are free and can be delivered or simply picked up at the District office.
- Report dead birds to the West Nile virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473.
- Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors at dusk and dawn. Use a repellent containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
Report dead birds to the West Nile virus Hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District is an independent special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes and vector-borne disease. All programs and services are funded through benefit assessments and property taxes. Services are provided to all residents in Marin and Sonoma counties.