National Mosquito Control Awareness Week educates residents on preventing mosquito-borne viruses and invasive Aedes mosquitoes
Published : Friday, June 21, 2019 | 11:12 AM
The summer of 2019 kicks off with a music video that may not be a Top 40 hit, but it’s certainly priority public health advice against Aedes mosquitoes – the same type of mosquitoes responsible for Zika outbreaks in the United States.
The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (SGVMVCD) joins health officials and cities across the country to promote National Mosquito Control Awareness Week , June 23-29.
The music video “ Don’t Bring Back the Aedes ” educates students and the public about the threats of Aedes mosquitoes in Los Angeles County. The song plays off the similar pronunciation between Aedes mosquitoes and the 80s decade.
“Ever since mosquito control officials discovered widespread Aedes mosquito infestations in L.A. County eight years ago, the traditional prevention tips against Aedes mosquitoes have not been very effective,” said Levy Sun, SGVMVCD public information officer. “We need to cut through the buzz with something different, and that’s what the music video hopes to achieve.”
While West Nile virus persists as the biggest threat to residents, v ector control officials are also concerned about aggressive, day-biting Aedes mosquitoes . These mosquitoes can transmit Zika virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya. There have been no local outbreaks of these viruses in San Gabriel Valley, however the presence of Aedes mosquitoes increases the risk.
Mosquito control experts advise residents take the following steps to bite back against mosquitoes:
• Prevent bites by applying insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Always read label instructions.
• Tip and toss all sources of stagnant water on your property, including in flower pots, old tires, buckets, pet dishes and trash cans.
• Install screens on windows and doors, and keep them in good repair.
• Report neglected swimming pools to mosquito and vector control.
• If, after dumping stagnant water, residents continue to experience mosquito problems, they can submit a tip to SGVMVCD at sgvmosquito.org or call (626) 814-9466.
In response to year-round mosquito-borne disease threats, SGVMVCD’s programs continue its efforts to reduce mosquito populations.
• Vector control specialists monitor and control for mosquitoes in stagnant water sources in public areas and on residential properties.
• The surveillance staff traps mosquitoes and sends samples of adult mosquitoes to be tested for diseases, such as West Nile virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.
• Outreach and education continue its spring education push in schools and community events to remind everyone to take preventative measures against mosquitoes.
For additional information, visit MosquitoAwareness.org .
About The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (SGVMVCD)
SGVMVCD is one of five vector control agencies that provide services and programs in Los Angeles County. The District’s mission is to provide the highest level of protection against vectors and vector-borne diseases in San Gabriel Valley. For more information about SGVMVCD, visit sgvmosquito.org.