Watch out for mosquitoes – and West Nile risk – this Memorial Day weekend, officials warn

From The Sacramento Bee
May 23, 2019

The Sacramento region has logged record-breaking rainfall levels this May – and mosquitoes are sure to follow.

Mosquitoes love standing water, and with Memorial Day activities coming up this weekend, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District is reminding people to be wary of the blood-suckers, which can carry diseases such as West Nile virus.

“As you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, a camping trip or enjoy other outdoor activities, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing an effective mosquito repellent,” Gary Goodman, district manager, said in a press release.

In 2018, the Sacramento region experienced an “intense” mosquito and West Nile virus season, with 26 confirmed human cases in both Sacramento and Yolo counties, according to the press release.