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What You Need to Know About Zika and Mosquitoes

Zika UpdateAt this time, there is no confirmation that Los Angeles County mosquitoes are transmitting Zika to people.For the latest information, visit CDC or the County of Los Angeles Public Health. There is no local outbreak now, but the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika are here. More Info: Are They In Your Community? The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes ... Read More

California State Health: Avoid Mosquito Bites While Traveling

From California Department of Public Health 5/26/16 Public Health Officer Cautions Californians to Avoid Mosquito Bites While Traveling   SACRAMENTO – With summer fast approaching, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds Californians to avoid mosquito bites during travel to Latin American countries and the Caribbean. There have been increased reports … Read More

Invasive mosquitoes are in Silver Lake. Here’s What You Can Do About It

A special post in paternership with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council April 2016 Autumn 2015 marks the first time our agency confirmed Aedes mosquitoes in Silver Lake. And just last month, we found them again around people’s homes. Aedes mosquitoes are invasive to the area and are excellent vectors (transmitters) of diseases such as Zika and dengue viruses. The health department has ... Read More

How Do I Find and Get Rid of Aedes Mosquitoes?

Looks like you have Aedes mosquitoes in your neighborhood. Don't panic. Let's fight them together. Aedes mosquitoes are invasive, which means they do not belong in Southern California. These invasive mosquitoes are known to transmit Zika, chikungunya and other debilitating viruses. Controlling Aedes mosquitoes in cities is difficult, but not impossible. We all have a role in this fight. Here ... Read More

Are There Mosquitoes in YOUR Garden?

  Nick Federoff of Things Green fame recently spent time hanging out with us learning about our most recent Invasive Aedes threat. He was quite impressed to learn that we truly practice IVM – Integrated Vector Management whereby we work hard to proactively prevent mosquito reproduction through water source elimination or management, education, and environmentally sensitive mosquito control. He spent … Read More

Water Capture in the Age of Zika

March 2016 These days, everyone is trying hard to capture and save every drop of valuable water. Cities require that developers install stormwater management devices and plans, and residents across the southland are taking advantage of free rain-barrel distribution events. But is there a hidden cost? The Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD) recognized potential problems, and organized a “Lunch … Read More

Zika Virus: Health agencies issue travel alert for Central and South America and the Caribbean

1/19/16 In a recent media release, CDC warned travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites due to transmission of Zika virus. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also issued a similar travel advisory (PDF). Currently, there are "reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant." Zika virus ... Read More

Study Highlight: Butterfly Bushes Attract Mosquitoes Laying Eggs

1/08/16 Do you have a butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) in your yard? A recent study showed that mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in containers of stagnant water closest to a butterfly bush. Mosquitoes can be attracted to these butterfly bushes In their paper, the researchers concluded that "significantly more eggs were oviposited in containers adjacent to flowering butterfly bushes than ... Read More

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Rain Barrels

 Rain barrels are great at capturing rainwater. However, if not maintained properly, your water conservation efforts can come back to bite you! One of the most common problems with rain barrels is mosquito breeding. Did you know thousands of mosquitoes can emerge from standing water in a rain barrel every week? Here are a few tips to help you keep those ... Read More