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Short Bites Monthly

Your digest for November 2023.

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Short Bites Monthly ensures that our data as a public health agency remains transparent to the public and to people who are interested in our mission.

Happy Holidays!

We hope you had a restful and bite-free Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But just because it’s getting cold outside, doesn’t mean that mosquitoes are going away …

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  • We participated in our last event of the season this month in Pomona. Fall in the Farm is a yearly event that educates diverse communities about agriculture, the environment, and growing healthy food. Visit our booth there next year!
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Image of Communications Team at Fall in the Farm event.

Outreach Efforts

Image of our outreach efforts this month.
  • This month, we have continued enhanced monitoring of mosquito abundance areas. These areas are based off of routine trap counts around the District that determine neighborhood risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
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Image of a Technician inspecting a park drain in a mosquito abundance area.
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EcoHealth Newsletter

Read November Newsletter

Community Science

Image of a student’s water sample submission, containing mosquito larva.
  • At headquarters, we’re closing out the Citizen Science programs for 2023.
  • After calculating the student participation rates and other top secret factors, we will be awarding this year’s Public Health Teacher of the Year award soon … so stay tuned.

Check Out Our Citizen Science Programs

Digital Communication

  • This month, we started working on our Winter campaign and social media toolkits that will help our District’s cities bring mosquito awareness to their residents.
  • We are also strategically planning a Bite Back Program relaunch in 2024. Please share with us what you want to see in this program by emailing
  • If you’re in holiday shopping mode, check out our 2023 Bite Back Gift Guide.
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We continue to focus on maintaining essential vector surveillance including mosquito trap routes, arbovirus testing, providing weekly data to the District, and maintaining the mosquito fish and mosquito colonies.

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Image of our Assistant Vector Ecologist analyzing mosquito species trap count.

Data Collection

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Image of average mosquitoes per trap by sampling location and by city/community. The size of the bubbles on the map reflects the relative numbers of mosquitoes caught at each trap.
This chart depicts the overall abundance of mosquitoes collected during the current reporting period. Species listed on the far right are sorted by total amount collected during this reporting period.
This chart depicts the total number/types of traps set during this reporting period.
  • This month is the last month of enhanced surveillance for high risk areas until early Spring.
  • Next month, we will share year-to-year comparison for mosquito presence in the District.


Before you go, check out the links we love this month …

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6 eco-friendly gifts that help you bite back the whole year long 

We’ve selected eco-friendly gifts that keep your loved ones safe from mosquitoes all year.

Learn more

Is the presence of mosquitoes an indicator of poor environmental sanitation? 

 Did you know that if there are mosquitoes around people, it may indicate that there is not an appropriate environmental sanitation program?  

Learn more

Wild Hope 

Check out the new series of short films highlighting the intrepid changemakers who are working to restore and protect our planet.

Learn more

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Communications Department Mission Statement:

Increase transparency and credibility through multi-media dialogue in order to engage and motivate internal, local, regional, statewide, and nationwide stakeholders to take action and become public health agents of change in their communities.


🖋  Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant