County Health District asks community to help FIGHT the BITE
Yuma County is asking residents for help in addressing a potential increase in mosquito populations resulting from the recent rain, by helping us identify and eliminate potential mosquito breeding areas.
Vector Control is currently surveying many areas of Yuma County. They are primarily concerned with plastic pools, wheel barrows, empty planters, and assorted kids’ toys that lay in the yard. “People don’t generally think about these items as potential breeding grounds, yet many times they are the source of the problem,” explains Diana Gomez, Yuma County Health District Director. “Something as small as a bottle cap full of water is enough to create an ideal mosquito breeding ground.”
The vector control division actively monitors mosquito population trends throughout the county and conducts fogging and spraying efforts to mitigate issues as necessary. Spraying for mosquitoes reduces adult mosquito populations, but it’s important to take proactive steps to eliminate breeding grounds. Citizens can help by looking in their yards for ANY standing water and remember to drain, empty, and cover any items that can collect water at least once a week. Residents can also help by reporting large, stagnant bodies of water and green pools by using the Service Request feature found at www.yumacountyaz.gov or by calling (928) 317-4584.Mosquitos can carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as Dengue, West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Zika so it is important to both manage mosquito populations and take steps to prevent bites. Residents should wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant.