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Daytime-Biting Monster You'll be Seeing this October

Mosquito trap data from sgvmvcd

September 21 to 25

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Spooky season is nearly upon us, SGV! Forget about running from zombies and skeletons this October-- there's a different kind of monster creeping around the neighborhood.

According to last week's (September 21-25) trap report, our Surveillance team determined that mosquito numbers were 89% higher than the same week in 2018. Eek!

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Capable of transmitting life-threatening pathogens to humans, female mosquitoes are certainly looking to cause some trouble this season.

Daytime-biting Aedes mosquitoes remain rampant in SGV

Fact: With blood derived from biting humans or animals, female mosquitoes are able to lay viable eggs that require stagnant water to hatch.

The infamous Aedes  mosquito can 'bite and flight' within seconds to minutes. Their black and white stripes are easy to spot in many S0Cal backyards where cool, shady environments exist. Also known as micro-climates, Aedes mosquitoes love yards that provide tropical-like atmospheres which allow them to cool down. So while stagnant water is a huge attractant for mosquitoes, so are micro-climates!

With that, let's make sure mosquitoes aren't taking home any sweets this year:

  1. Tip, Toss, Protect -- Don't enchant mosquitoes with stagnant water!
  2. Staying in the know -- Have some tricks up your sleeve!
  3. Submit an Anonymous Tip -- Report mosquito-breeding sources in your community, and Operations will take care of the rest.

Stay bite-free San Gabriel Valley, and we'll see you next week!

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West Nile Virus Update: Numerous mosquito and bird samples in San Gabriel Valley have tested positive for West Nile Virus this year. Track activity in your community.