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Warm weather brings out mosquitos

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With the recent warm weather, The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District has been seeing an increase in mosquito activity. “This time of year, many residents who live at low elevations may be noticing mosquitoes and mosquito-like flying insects becoming more active in response to the warm weather,” said Joel Buettner, district manager. “As temperatures continue to increase, so will the risk of mosquito-transmitted disease such as West Nile virus.” This season, the district will be expanding its surveillance program to more quickly identify and respond to “hot spots,” which may be areas that have high mosquito populations or West Nile virus activity. The district also encourages the public to continue to report dead birds to the state dead bird hotline at (877) 968-2473. District staff will make every effort to pick up reported dead birds that are suitable for West Nile virus testing. The district strongly encourages the public to protect themselves by using a repellent with effective active ingredients like DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants if you need to be outdoors in the dusk and dawn and draining any containers with standing water. For more information or to request service for mosquito problems on individual properties, please contact the district at (888) 768-2343 or www.placermosquito.org.