Release date: 
Sep 2

~Protect yourself from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease

Cotati, Calif.- As summer comes to a close, many people will be celebrating this Labor Day weekend with barbeques, camping trips and numerous other outside activities that could put them at risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile virus.

“Labor Day weekend is centered on outside activities that may last into the evening when mosquitoes are most active” said Jim Wanderscheid, District Manager. “It is important that residents protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, and to apply an EPA registered insect repellent to exposed skin” said Wanderscheid. EPA registration of repellent active ingredients indicates that the materials have been reviewed and approved for efficacy and human safety when applied according to the instructions on the label.

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control recommends repellents that contain one of the following active ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  •   Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  •  IR3535

While there are has not been any detection of West Nile virus in Marin and Sonoma counties this year, there has been activity in 24 counties with 19 human cases reported in Central and Southern California.

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control Districtis an independent, special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease. All programs and services are funded through property taxes and provided to all residents in Marin and Sonoma counties. For more information about us please visit our website at