Warm weather 🌞 + dense vegetation 🌳 = Mosquito bites 🦟
Trim plants for a breezy & bite-free yard! 👍
It's the time of year when we put away our cold-weather clothes and dust off our warm-weather gear to walk around downtown Monrovia.
This means more outdoor fun with sun and no mosquitoes, right?
Mosquitoes Are Still a Problem! 🚨
In Monrovia, mosquitoes love the summer just as much as we do. When they bite us, they can spread different diseases. Every year, the Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health confirms numerous West Nile virus cases, including deaths. Throughout the state, invasive mosquitoes, called Aedes mosquitoes, are constantly infesting new neighborhoods.
Why do Mosquitoes Bug us so Much? 🤔
Only female mosquitoes bite and they use the protein in our blood to develop the eggs.
Here's where it gets even more scary: Each female mosquito can lay hundreds of eggs in stagnant water in our own backyards, patios and indoor water vases. 🤯
Mosquitoes can hatch and develop into adults in as little as seven (7️⃣) days!
What Can We Do? 🤷🏾♀️
Put down that spray can. Killing the flying mosquitoes is a short-term solution. Even we, in vector control, consider spraying for adult mosquitoes a last resort (unless there's a major epidemic outbreak or public health emergency).
Dump and Drain After the Rain ☔
Leftover rainwater from this year’s storms can collect in the oddest places and make our yards a micro mosquito habitat. Certain plants, containers, and other sources can hold rainwater that will bring you bites and Summertime sadness. Remember to dump and drain stagnant water from your home after every rain event.
Beat The Mosquito Heat! 🌞
- Tip 'n Toss, Show them who's boss! - You know mosquitoes can turn 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! REMEMBER: 💧=🦟
- Repel, Don't Swell - Apply repellent to exposed skin to stop mosquito bites. Use oil of lemon eucalyptus, which is EPA-registered and CDC-recommended. Other effective repellents are Picaridin, DEET and IR3535. 😎🙌
- 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! 👨🏽🏫💻