What Can I do About West Nile? Three Tips for Everyone

The virus is in Los Angeles County and infected mosquitoes are spreading it to us through their bites.¬†But there’s no need to panic.

Check here to see if your city/community is on the list of confirmed West Nile virus activity.

There are three very simple things you can do.

1. Dump Standing Water

Mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs. You can find these sources in things like:

  • Plant saucers
  • Pet water bowls
  • Buckets
  • Old tires
  • Containers with plant cuttings
  • Toys in the yard
  • Uncovered recyclables

2. Use Insect Repellent

Get insect repellent that contains any of the following EPA-registered active ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  • IR3535

3. Report Mosquito Problems

Are you getting bit? Do you see a gutter or a swimming pool full of stagnant water?


This service is at no extra charge for residents. Submissions can remain anonymous.

Report any issues HERE.

Learn more:

Mosquitoes | Invasive Mosquitoes | Latest West Nile virus Statistics

September 2015