The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD) wants to remind residents to pack mosquito repellent when preparing for outdoor activities this Memorial Day weekend. "Memorial Day weekend is a time when many residents spend time outdoors with family and friends,” stated 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 applying an effective insect repellent to exposed skin," said Sequeira.
While West Nile virus is endemic to the area, District officials have stated that it has yet to be detected in Marin and Sonoma counties this year. However, in other areas of California West Nile virus activity has increased, and residents traveling to those areas need to be extra vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquito bites.
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)