Mosquitoes can quickly breed in water left standing for just a few days. Serious illness and even death can result from mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and the new threat of the Zika virus.
Zika is transmitted by the small Aedes mosquito and has serious repercussions for pregnant women. Aedes mosquitoes can live indoors or outdoors. Eggs are laid along the waterline of any water-holding container such as flower vases, plant saucers, buckets, used tires, and even plants that hold water, like bamboo or bromeliads. Eggs can remain alive for years, and hatch into larvae when conditions are right.
Report black-and-white, daytime-biting mosquitoes to the Greater L.A. County Vector Control District at 562-944-9656 or www.ReportMosquitoes.org. This FREE service includes inspection and treatment.
Remember the “3 Ds” of mosquito protection:
Untreated swimming pools can be reported to Lakewood City Hall by calling 562-866-9771, extension 2140, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents finding any dead birds or squirrels (which could be a sign of West Nile virus) can report them by calling the West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline at 877-968-2473.
The heavy rains of the past winter have created breeding conditions for other insects this spring and summer. Learn which are harmful—and which are not—by going to www.ReportMosquitoes.org.