The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected the first evidence of West Nile virus in Sutter County in 2018. Mosquito samples recently collected north of the Sutter Buttes, in the town of Sutter, Tierra Buena and west of Yuba City near Township and Bogue Rd. have tested positive for the virus. We have had no detection of WNV in dead birds, sentinel chicken flocks or humans. Mosquito populations of the WNV vector are higher than normal and production has increased with the high temperatures. The District’s surveillance system is in full operation and mosquito control efforts are fully deployed. Residents are asked to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health website at www.westnile.ca.gov or by phone at 877-968-2473. Sutter County Health Officer, Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, commented “Prevention of mosquito bites helps protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses at home and when traveling. Taking simple steps to prevent mosquito bites should become a basic health habit, just like washing your hands, to keep you and your family healthy.” The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites: D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites. Always follow package instructions for appropriate age and directions for use. D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active. Wear long sleeves and pants if you have to be outdoors when mosquitoes are present. D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn. D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – buckets, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays are some common places. You can obtain additional information by contacting the District office at 530-674-5456 ext. 100 between the hours of 7 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.