GLACVCD Offers Advice During Mosquitoes Awareness Week

Residents can request a walk-through of their property to locate sources of standing water where mosquito numbers thrive.
Photo courtesy of GLACVCD

By Lucian KUGLER

Mosquito Awareness Week in Southern California is a time when residents are reminded about the dangers of mosquitoes and the importance of taking preventive measures. This year, the event takes on added significance due to the increased number of mosquitoes in the region driven by recent rainfall. The mosquitoes can carry epidemic diseases, such as West Nile Virus, which can be deadly.

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) within LA County traps and studies mosquitoes. Members monitor the populations and identify potential disease vectors.

“Mosquitoes can breed in standing water – as much as a pond or as little as a bottle cap full of water. This makes Southern California, with its many sources of standing water, an ideal environment for mosquitoes to thrive,” said Steve Vetrone, director of Scientific-Technical Services for GLACVCD.

Two invasive (non-native) mosquito species have been found in cities throughout California: the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. There is a potential for them to spread into other areas of California, making it even more critical to now address the mosquito problem.

“The storm drains in LA are particularly bad for mosquito breeding as they have a steady temperature, a still water source and plenty of organic matter to feed on, leading to large quantities of mosquito breeding,” Vetrone added.

Residents can protect themselves from mosquitoes by taking a few simple precautions.

“Minimize standing water in backyards, wear long pants, and use FDA-approved mosquito repellent sprays and wipes,” advised Vetrone. “These steps are especially important for people who spend a lot of time outside, such as hikers and gardeners.”

If someone has a bad mosquito problem at their property, they can contact the GLACVCD. The district offers a range of free services to help residents manage mosquito populations and reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Vetrone emphasized that everyone has a role to play in mosquito control, and urged residents to take steps to protect themselves and their communities.

Mosquito Awareness Week has been recognized in Southern California for several years. It is a time when public health officials and residents come together to raise awareness about the dangers of mosquitoes and the importance of taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Mosquitoes are not just an annoyance; they pose a serious threat to public health. By taking steps to reduce standing water and using effective repellents residents can protect themselves from disease transmission.

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