Hot temperatures increase risk of West Nile – News

West Nile Virus continues to be a Concern in Northern California

According to news reports from, The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District have released new information about West Nile Activity in Northern California cities like Lodi and Elk Grove.

ELK GROVE — The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District is warning area residents that hot temperatures can encourage growth of mosquito populations — and risk of mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus.

They Recently collected bird and mosquito samples that revealed a combined 25 cases of West Nile Virus being detected. It’s a scary thought because three human cases in Yolo County have been reported. Gary Goodman, District Manager for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District says,

“This week we saw a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes collected in our traps and we are attributing this to the triple digit heat” he added. With an increase in the mosquito population, the risk of being bitten and contracting the virus is higher. Traditionally confirmed human cases increase during the month of September. “Now more than ever it is important for everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites” said Goodman. “Wearing an effective mosquito repellent while spending time outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active is very important. This is a quick and easy precaution that could save your life” added Goodman.

We first heard about this problem in the Lodi News this morning and wanted to share it with our customers and Yolo County Neighbors as a preventative measure. Stay safe everyone!

Source: Official Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District Press Release 9-11-15