To raise awareness and educate the public about the public health threat mosquitoes pose to our communities, the American Mosquito Control Association declared June 23-29, 2019 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. #NATIONALMOSQUITOWEEK
Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creature in the world! Mosquitoes kill nearly 725,000 people a year because they can transmit deadly viruses like Malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue with just a bite. Protect yourself and your community by preventing mosquito breeding in your home.
West Nile Virus in California
West Nile Virus is endemic in our native bird population. Because of this, if a mosquito bites a bird carrying West Nile virus, it can potentially transmit the disease to humans. If you do see dead birds in your neighborhood, please report them to the CA West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or www.westnile.ca.gov. Green, unmaintained pools are perfect breeding sources for our native Culex mosquito known to transmit West Nile virus.
Tip and Toss is the best and most natural mosquito control method. Eliminating sources early in the year will help decrease mosquito populations in your community. Take action today by tipping out any stagnant water on your property to prevent mosquitoes and disease risk as temperatures warm.
New Mosquitoes and More Diseases
Within the past few years, the invasive Aedes mosquito has taken over Los Angeles County. These black-and-white striped “ankle-bitters” bite during the day and thrive in small containers with standing water. Studies have shown that Aedes mosquito eggs can lay dormant for years creating a huge risk for LA County following weeks of rainfall which will trigger many of these eggs to hatch. Aedes mosquitoes bite people and are capable of transmitting viruses like Zika, yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya if these viruses are introduced by infected travelers.
Repel, Don’t Swell
Remember to wear insect repellent to protect your health. The CDC recommends using repellents with active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. It’s extremely important to wear insect repellent when you travel abroad as well, especially when visiting sub-tropical and tropical regions. Avoid scratching mosquito bites, this can lead to a potentially serious bacterial infection.
Join public health agencies and vector control agencies across the country for #NationalMosquitoWeek by sharing these important tips to protect public health and prevent mosquito-transmitted diseases this year. Copy and paste any of the images on this page, share with your networks, or follow us on social media!