Protect Your Family from Mosquito Threats

Why Is This Important to My Family’s Health?

In the state of California,
0%
of all human cases of West Nile virus were in L.A. and O.C. counties (2016)

 

Kids, people over 50 years of age, or even you can get West Nile virus. Don’t think it can happen? That’s what Adreanna’s mom thought.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals (birds and horses) through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In rare instances, West Nile virus can be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplants, and from mother to fetus and breast feeding infants.

Pregnant and nursing mothers are encouraged to avoid mosquitoes. Consult a physician for additional information.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment for West Nile virus.
For more information click HERE.

Aedes_Size_to_QuarterPregnant, starting a family, or know people who may be starting families? They’re at risk.

New mosquitoes in California also bring with them the risk of Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever.  If you or your family are traveling to Mexico, Central or South America, make sure you follow CDC’s Travel Health advisories. When you return, protect yourself against mosquito bites for 2 weeks after your return to avoid infecting local mosquitoes.

Zika and similar viruses are transmitted by the invasive Aedes mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes:

  1. Are small, and black with distinctive white stripes.
  2. They bite during the daytime.
  3. Can live and thrive in your home and office.

For more information click HERE.

What Should I Do?

HandGestures_insectrepellentNext time you pick up sunscreen, don’t forget insect repellent. Repellent is a vital part of protecting your family from mosquito bites. No matter where you are (home or traveling), repellents can protect you from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and Zika.

Look for any one of the following active ingredients in repellent:

• DEET

• Picaridin

• IR3535

• Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

HandGestures_dumpwaterTurn this into a game for the kids: Find and dump as many water sources around home as fast as they can!

This is one of the simplest things you can do to stop pesky mosquitoes from invading your home.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Eliminate standing water by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, or anything capable of holding water for more than a few days.

How to inspect your property for mosquito breeding sources

Home Inspection Survey(Psst, use this handy source hunt sheet)
1. Walk your entire property looking for any container both natural and man-made that will hold a teaspoon of water or more
2. Separate containers into three categories and take care of them today: (1) Those that can be thrown away, (2) Those that can be scrubbed down and stored in a dry place, (3) Permanent fixtures that will remain in the yard and require regular inspection
3. Inspect your property weekly and immediately after it rains to dump or drain containers that have collected water

Need Help With a Mosquito Problem?

For additional information or to request service, please contact your local vector control district or health department. Click HERE

Need to contact a vector control district or health department?

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