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Bite Back Team hits the 2022 L.A. County Fair: Mosquitoes beware!

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THE FAIR¬†ūüé°

The L.A. County Fair is back! After a two-year hiatus, the Fairplex is bringing communities together through interactive and educational experiences.

Our theme this year was Mosquito-Free Gardening with California Native Plants. We received generous help from our public health partners to educate visitors.

Special Thanks to Our Public Health Partners 

List of our partners who made this event a success!

California Botanic Garden

  • 32¬†California Native Plants
Planting With Natives.pdf

Cal Poly Pomona

  • For the exhibit space at The Farm
  • Special thanks to Craig Walters, Director of Agriscapes, and Lara Amiri-Kazaz, Graduate Student

Theodore Payne Foundation

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Walnut Valley Water District

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The exhibit taught visitors how to create environmentally-sustainable, bite-free yards that will nurture healthy communities.

That's right! The L.A. County Fair was the perfect environment to connect water-wise landscaping choices to keep mosquitoes out with California Native Plants.

Residents¬†already know¬†about mosquitoes ūü¶ü growing in stagnant water. At the Fair, they¬†learned how to¬†maintain¬†their¬†properties to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, such as¬†West Nile Virus, an annual risk¬†in Southern California.¬†

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Here are the stats for our 2022 L.A. County Fair exhibit:

8,238¬†residents visited our 4-day pop-up Mosquito-Free Gardening boothūüĆĪ

An average of 294 visitors stopped by our exhibit per hour¬†‚Ćõ

35,012 visitors received¬†education during the entire LA County Fair!¬†ūü¶ü

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Now we can't forget about out main event: Dez Eez (pronounced like "disease"). Our giant, eye-catching mosquito turned heads during her stay at the Fair. Proudly parked in the Bugs & Bees barn at the Fair, she certainly showed off her information on Aedes mosquitoes. 

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As expected, our participation at the Fair was a huge success! Our Bite Back Team left the fair with so many positive experiences and connections with our residents. We recieved thoughtful questions and had the opportunity to share our knowledge with booth visitors on how to create mosquito-free gardens.  

See our Bite Back Team in action:

See our California Native Plant winners (Donations thanks to the CA Botanic Garden in Claremont):

We are so thankful to our partners who helped make this event possible: Cal Poly Pomona, Theodore Payne Foundation, CA Botanic Garden, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, and Walnut Valley Water District. Thank you to the residents who stopped by our booth & Dez Eez. We are excited to work together to create a bite-free community. 

~ The Bite Back Outreach Team


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ūüĖč Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant