National Mosquito Control Awareness Week
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 American Mosquito Control Association declared June 18 - 24 National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.
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Mosquitoes are the deadliest creature on the planet. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. They thrive in diverse environments and are capable of adapting to different climatic conditions, making them a global concern. Mosquito-borne diseases collectively affect millions of people worldwide every year, causing significant morbidity and mortality.
West Nile virus is the biggest threat to people living in Los Angeles County, including residents in San Gabriel Valley. It is a mosquito-borne virus that has been detected in California since 2003. WNV is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected after feeding on infected birds that carry the virus.
It's all about the water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs using any stagnant water they can find in your backyard or patio.
It is recommended to TIP out stagnant water weekly and TOSS out unused containers, or store them in a dry covered area. 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 mosquito repellent that works.
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 Your Furbabies
Dog heartworm is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease caused by the parasitic worm known as Dirofilaria immitis. Heartworm is primarily transmitted to dogs through the bite of infected mosquitoes. When a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae bites a dog, the larvae are deposited onto the skin and eventually make their way into the bloodstream. For more information visit AmericanHeartwormSociety.org