California Mosquito Awareness Week April 16 - 22, 2023
Sharks get a whole week of programming, but why don't mosquitoes?
Mosquito Control is a Shared Responsibility
To raise awareness and educate the public on the health threats mosquitoes pose to our communities, the California Mosquito and Vector Control Association declared April 16 - 22 California Mosquito Control Awareness Week.
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Mosquitoes are the deadliest creature on the planet. When they bite and suck your blood, they can transmit (spread) viruses and parasites into your body.
West Nile virus is the biggest threat to people living in Los Angeles County, including residents in San Gabriel Valley. The California Department of Public Health reported more than 770 West Nile virus cases in just the past two years!
It's all about the water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs using any stagnant water they can find in your backyard or patio.
Water around your home should be used as soon as possible. Even a teaspoon of water can attract mosquitoes!
Repel, Don't Swell
Mosquitoes have been around since the dinosaurs, and they will continue to thrive on our planet. One way to keep them from biting is to wear insect repellent.
Wearing loose light-fitting long-sleeve pants and shirts is highly recommended. Also make sure there are no tears in your window and door screens. Mosquitoes are small and can fit through even the smallest tears in your door or window.
Don't Forget About Baxter (or any other four-legged friends)
The Aedes mosquitoes can transmit canine heartworm. Don't put your pet at risk.
Don't Bring Back Mosquito Disease as a Souvenir
Traveling this summer? If you're going to an area that has mosquitoes spreading viruses such as Zika or dengue, make sure you pack and wear insect repellent. Bring back memories, not diseases.