September 24, 2015
This week, San Diego’s County Department of Environmental Health confirmed that the invasive Asian tiger mosquito has made San Diego its new home. The mosquito was found in a routine mosquito trap in the community of Barrio Logan, just south of Petco Park. The tiger mosquito now joins the yellow fever mosquito in their invasion of San Diego County.
Here in Los Angeles County, we also have the tiger mosquito and yellow fever mosquito. So what’s the big deal?
Tiny bites, big threats:
- Bite aggressively during the daytime. The native mosquitoes we’re used to bite during dawn and dusk. Imagine your next BBQ or backyard gathering completely ruined by tiny bloodsuckers.
- They have the potential to spread dengue and chikungunya.
What You Can Do:
- Report black-and-white, daytime-biting mosquitoes to 562-944-9656 or www.ReportMosquitoes.org. This FREE service includes inspection and treatment.
- Remove or drill holes in the bottom of all plant pots, saucers, barrels, bins, and old tires.
- Do not keep water in buckets or root plant cuttings in water. Sharing plant cuttings can spread mosquito eggs.
- Cover trashcans, toys and recycle bins, and keep unneeded items out of the rain.
- Ensure rain barrels are properly sealed. Thousands of eggs can be laid inside rain barrels.
- Wear insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Read more about the invasive mosquitoes.
By Levy Sun, Public Information Officer
They’re in Los Angeles County, too:
- Avocado Heights
- Pico Rivera
- South El Monte
- South Whittier (unincorporated LA County)