Reduce Mosquitoes Around Your Home
Detection of an invasive mosquito species, not native to California, has been steadily growing throughout the Coachella Valley since first detected in 2016. The Aedes aegypti is a black and white, day-biting mosquito capable of transmitting serious viruses including chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. While there have been no reports of mosquitoes transmitting these viruses in the Coachella Valley, the risk of future transmission is a real concern.
“Local transmission can begin if an infected person returns to California after traveling to an area where there is active transmission of these viruses,” says Tammy Gordon, Public Information Officer for the District. “If that person is then bitten by the Aedes aegypti here, that mosquito can then infect local residents.”
Despite the District staff conducting thousands of door-to-door inspections, treating properties, and distributing mosquito prevention materials, population numbers continue to increase in some areas of the Valley.
It is important for everyone in the Valley to do everything they can to minimize standing water where mosquitoes breed. We appreciate people’s help keeping their own backyards free of mosquito-breeding sites by dumping and draining containers and making sure fountains and pools have working pumps.
Prevent mosquito bites:
- Avoid going outside in the hours around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis virus are most active.
- Wear EPA registered ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label).
- Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when mosquitoes are most active.
- Be sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
How you can help reduce mosquitoes around your home:
- Inspect yards for standing water sources and drain water that may have collected under potted plants, in birdbaths, discarded tires, and any other items that could collect
Call the Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District directly at 760-342-8287 or fill out a service request online here: http://bit.ly/cvservicerequest
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