VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - With summer weather and longer days does the increase in outdoor activity which means a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes.
The Ventura County Health Division says that mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as the West Nile Virus and the St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus.
The Ventura Health Division monitors and controls about 2,400 mosquito breeding sources in Ventura County.
Health Officials advise people to eliminate standing water from their property, no matter how small, and to make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without holes.
When going outside, make sure to wear protective clothing and apply an EPA approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. If you have rain barrels, you can mosquito proof them by covering the opening with a tight-fitting lid or a 1/16-inch mesh screen.
The Health Division offers mosquito-eating fish for ornamental ponds and water features. If interested, please call 805-662-6582.
To report dead birds for WNV testing contact the California Department of Public Health for West Nile virus testing, call 877-968-2473 or visit Westnile.ca.gov
The Health Division also advises people to be alert for two invasive non-native mosquito
species that have recently been found in several areas of California. They are Aedes
aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) that have
been known to carry several viruses including Zika.
The Health Division says these are small, aggressive daytime biting mosquitoes with white stripes on their back and legs. Their eggs can survive being dry for months in small artificial or natural containers and can hatch in a teaspoon of water, so eliminating potential breeding sources is critical.
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