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Shasta County, Calif.—The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District and the California Legislature has declared April 15th through April 22nd 2018, as Mosquito Awareness Week.
District personnel has been monitoring mosquito populations, disease occurrences, and have been treating areas of standing water with mosquito control products and mosquito fish to prevent mosquito breeding.
The district has been proactive in reducing mosquito populations before they become flying adults.
In response to the growing mosquito borne threats, the District completed an expansion to their surveillance and research laboratory in 2018.
This will allow the District to better meet the needs of the area as new and emerging vectors and diseases continue to expand their boundaries.
The District already has plans to expand our surveillance network and, in the future, begin performing in-house diagnostic testing for diseases such as West Nile virus.
As the days become warmer and residents begin spending an increased amount of time outdoors during dusk and dawn, the risk of mosquito bites also increases. Following the 4 D’s is essential for preventing mosquito bites and reducing the potential risk of mosquito borne diseases.
SMVCD is charged with protecting the health of our residents from mosquito and vector-borne diseases, but they cannot do it alone.
SMVCD staff urges residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites; reducing activity during the peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk, wearing effective insect repellent, and staying behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.
The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District advises the public to implement the 4 Ds of protection:
• Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes, this includes flower pots, old tires, and buckets. Some species of mosquitoes can lay their eggs in very small sources of water, like a bottle cap.
• Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and by making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
• Dusk or Dawn avoid outside activities.
• Dress in long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are active.
For more information about SMVCD’s services, West Nile virus, or new emerging mosquito borne diseases like Zika virus, contact the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District at (530) 365-3768 or visit their website
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