Swat Mosquito Invaders
Invasive mosquitoes are in Orange County! The Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) are not native to California and can transmit zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
Follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites and breeding:
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
- Wear repellent clothing containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing
- Dump and drain outdoor containers filled with water at least weekly—potted plant saucers are a main culprit
- Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; get broken or damaged screens repaired or replaced
- Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
Visit ocvector.org for more information from the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) on how you can help reduce mosquito breeding in our community, as well as to learn more about OCMVCD services, programs, educational resources and more.
Identifying Mosquito Impostors
Aliso Creek features a great deal of insect life, some of which may resemble mosquitoes. While there’s no denying that crane flies, midge flies and fungus gnats are very annoying, they’re not mosquitoes. Here’s how to tell them apart.
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