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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

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 Mosquito Control is a Shared Responsibility

It's National Mosquito Control Awareness Week! As temperatures rise in Southern California, it's the perfect time for outdoor activities and enjoying the starry nights. However, let's not overlook our common enemy - the mosquito. Though we may not always see them, their itchy bites remind us of their presence. Discover more about these tiny yet troublesome insects and how to make them one less thing to worry about this summer! 

Deadliest Animal in the World

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Mosquitoes are considered the world's deadliest animal because they are responsible for transmitting a variety of fatal diseases to humans. A single bite from an infected mosquito can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue, Zika, and malaria. Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.




Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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Mosquitoes in Los Angeles County pose a significant health risk as they can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus (WNV), the most common mosquito-borne disease in the area. Culex mosquitoes, known carriers of WNV, are primarily active during dusk and dawn. They prefer to feed on birds but can also bite humans and other mammals.




Mosquitoes in LA County

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Several mosquito species are found in Los Angeles County, but two are of concern: Culex and Aedes. The Culex mosquito is native to LA County, whereas the Aedes mosquito is invasive. These mosquitoes differ in many ways, but both are most active in the spring, summer, and fall.





No Standing Water, No Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, even small amounts of water found in a bottle cap. Depending on the environment, they can complete their life cycle in as little as 5-7 days. Eliminating standing water around your home is the most effective way to prevent mosquito breeding. Regularly empty, toss, or store unneeded containers, and ensure windows and doors are properly screened to keep mosquitoes out.



Fight The Bite

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Insect repellent is an essential tool in protecting against mosquito bites and the diseases they may transmit. Repellents contain active ingredients that deter mosquitoes from landing and biting. Use any repellent containing one of these four active ingredients with at least 15% of DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or  Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.