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Mosquito-Free Gardening

Your guide to creating beautiful & beneficial backyards, without the bites 🚫🦟

You know that mosquitoes grow in stagnant water and that they use the protein from your blood to make their eggs, but do you know where they live? ... On your property. 

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Mosquitoes take, "mi casa es su casa" 🏡 seriously. Let's take back your home from mosquitoes.

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🚫🌳 Ditch the density

Many yards in the San Gabriel Valley have non-native plants that grow densely with large leaves that provide resting places for mosquitoes. You most likely have mosquitoes if you have a lot of plants provide cool, shady areas.

A backyard full of mosquitoes is dangerous to your household and community because they can transmit diseases like West Nile virus (the most pervasive threat in California). Thanks to invasive Aedes mosquitoes (aka ankle biters), there's a chance of Chikungunya and Dengue Fever outbreaks in your community. 

dense vegetation attracts mosquitoes

Ditch the density by scaling back the thickness of bushes, hedges, ivy, and other vegetation as these are mosquito magnets. Remove any bromeliads, if possible.

🌱 Landscape mosquitoes out with California Native Plants

California Native Plants are beneficial as they are beautiful. They bring bright colors to your home that thrive in our natural Californian climate. These native plants also require less water (meaning more money in your pocket). This will limit mosquito-breeding around your home.

Most importantly, California Native plants will reduce the amount of micro-climates (aka. dense vegetation) that mosquitoes adore. 

Let's take back your yard!

Switching to California Native Plants is as easy as A-B-C

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California Botanic Garden 

The Garden’s mission is “to promote botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform, and educate the public and the scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is devoted to the collection, cultivation, study and display of native California plants and to graduate training and research in plant systematics and evolution."

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Go Native with our California Native Plant Resources -- in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

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San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Providing the highest level of protection from vectors and vector-borne diseases in San Gabriel Valley by suppressing vector populations to reduce outbreaks of human diseases and public nuisances; and increasing the quality of life for the residents of the District.

Theodore Payne Foundation

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants is a force for change in Southern California. While we preserve the legacy and carry on the work of Theodore Payne — a pioneering Los Angeles nurseryman, horticulturist, and educator who was passionate about the native plants of California — our goal is to transform our region into sustainable, healthy communities.


Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is a special district with a mission to consistently meet our region’s need for reliable, high quality and affordable water.

Walnut Valley Water District

Walnut Valley Water District is dedicaded to meeting the water supply needs of the communities we serve. As an environmental steward, WVWD provides clean, safe, and reliable water for drinking, recreation, and business use. High-quality water is our top priority.