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Duarte, Don't Fall for the Mosquito Trick 🍂

They're back: Pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy sweaters, and the holidays ... 

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But as long as it's warm in the San Gabriel Valley, mosquitoes will continue to thrive in your community.

Mosquitoes are known to bug people in many ways

  • Biting when people are in their garage, yard, or anywhere outside 
  • Ruining Halloween by biting trick-or-treaters and their families 🎃
  • Leaving itchy red bumps at a Thanksgiving gathering 🦃
  • Worst of all, mosquitoes can get you sick with West Nile virus when they bite!
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Image of a mosquito biting. 

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

When mosquitoes bite, they use your blood's protein 🩸 to create the eggs. They can lay the eggs using containers that have stagnant water 💦.

In fact, the Aedes mosquitoes stick their eggs to containers and plants 🌱-- those eggs can stay viable (alive) for more than a year!

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Image of Aedes eggs attached to the stem of a water rooted plant. 

What is Vector Control Doing for You?

  1. Continued observation of the mosquito population and vector-borne diseases in the San Gabriel Valley. 
  2. Enhanced neighborhood support and property inspections.
  3. Door-to-door and community education.

3 Things You Can Do This Fall 🍂

1) Tip 'n Toss, Show them who's boss! 

You know mosquitoes can complete their life cycle from egg to adult in a week. So eliminate stagnant water weekly in and around the home. Don't forget to keep your pool clean and maintained!

​​2) Repel, Don't Swell 

Apply repellent to exposed skin to stop mosquito bites. Look for ONE of the following active ingredients on the LABEL that is safe and effective:

  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • IR3535
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3) Educate friends, neighbors and family 

We challenge you to educate at least two more people about mosquitoes. The more we understand that mosquito control is a shared responsibility, the more healthy our communities will be!

Take Action Against Mosquitoes: Tip, Toss, Protect