Buzzword Newsletter

“The Buzzword Blog takes you behind the scenes of the scientific world of vector control.”

Where Does Vector Control Go During the Winter?

During the winter, mosquitoes are the last thing people in Southern California think about. Does this mean that vector control go into hibernation until spring? Not quite. As we see in this video, vector control still need to stay on top of mosquitoes throughout winter. In the underground storm drains, millions of mosquitoes hunker down from the cold. In addition, … Read More

Itching to Make Your Voice Heard? $25 to Share Your Thoughts on Mosquito Control

Event Flyer in Spanish and English Come share your thoughts on community mosquito control strategies with your Local Vector Control Agencies and Public Health Officials. We are working to protect our communities from illnesses such as Zika virus and want to hear from you. $25 cash earned by participants who pre-register for meeting. Additional stipend available for Child Care -- more ... Read More

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