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WNV Update: More Positive Mosquito Samples Confirmed in LA County

LOS ANGELES (August 23, 2019) – The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed seven additional mosquito samples positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This brings the total number of samples positive for the virus within the district’s service area to 13 this year. The new positive samples were collected from six new areas: Winnetka, West Hills, Canoga … Read More

State Association Press Release: Record Amounts of Rain Coupled With Warming Temperatures Create Perfect Conditions for Mosquitoes

Published by: Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California Mosquito Awareness Week educates California residents on preventing mosquito-borne viruses SACRAMENTO – April 17, 2019 – After the significant rainfall we received this winter, mosquito experts throughout the state stress the need for Californians to dump and drain all standing water. According to the California Department of Water Resources, parts of … Read More

Weeks of Rain and Warming Temperatures Set Stage for Early Mosquito Season

Act now to prevent mosquitoes and disease risks as temperatures warm   LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2019) –Record rainfall provided relief to drought-thirsty Southern California but created havens for disease-spreading mosquitoes in people’s yards. Vector control officials are advising that Los Angeles County residents must take extra precautions with green, unmaintained pools, rain barrels and other small containers that have … Read More

Harvest Water, Not Mosquitoes: A Guide to Keep Your Home Mosquito-Free

Hot and dry summers remind many of us to conserve and capture every water drop during the winter rains. Here are a few tips to keep your home free from stagnant water before mosquito season arrives and help ensure your family and community “Fight the Bite” early in the year. #TipNToss Mosquitoes can lay eggs in the smallest places – ... Read More

Calling all Concerned Citizens!

The District is already starting to see high mosquito populations. What this tells us is that there is plenty of standing water in our neighborhoods. We are checking and managing water in your gutters, washes/drains, along the rivers and creeks, and in other public areas, but where we have difficulty… is in your neighborhoods. Many of you know that water-filled … Read More

Stay Bite-Free: Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We’re thankful to all of our wonderful residents who have been Tip ‘n Tossing stagnant water from around their home. As we head into a hot weekend, continue removing the water sources mosquitoes use to lay their eggs. In the meantime, enjoy our latest Velma the Vector video – Thanksgiving edition!  

Disease Watch: West Nile Virus Activity Includes More Human Cases and Mosquitoes

Have you checked the West Nile virus human case counts on the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health’s website recently? Or how about the number of mosquito samples we’ve collected that have turned up West Nile virus positive? All signs currently point to an active West Nile virus (WNV) year…and it’s not over. Mosquitoes can stay active in … Read More

The Music of Mosquito: Creating a Buzz Through Song

It is no surprise that in a media-filled world inspired by creativity and viral content, people have taken up (musical) arms in the fight against mosquitoes. In this post, we look at some of the videos that inspire, educate and empower people to protect their communities against the dreaded mosquito. Making people aware that mosquito control is a community issue ... Read More

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2017

While we trap for mosquitoes, control for mosquitoes, and remove standing water sources as much as possible, we still need people’s help to reduce the risk in their own yards. The summer heat plays a role in increasing the spread of West Nile virus. Take care of yourself. Take care of your families. Spend just 10 minutes each week dumping … Read More