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Mosquito Control


Diptera Culicidae

Mosquitoes, their eggs, and larvae, can be found in and around stagnent water. The best way to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and populating around your home would be to, of course, remove any stagnant water. Southern California sees less mosquitoes during dry weather seasons compared to wet humid areas in the US, but they are still present and can spread such diseases as encephalitis virus or the west nile virus.

Distinguishing characteristics:
Mosquitoes life cycle goes through 4 stages and spotting them in any one of these stages can help in controlling them. The stages are egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The first three stages all remain in the same stagant water from when the eggs were laid.

The typical adult mosquito should not be confused with the mosquito hawk or the Crane Fly. Crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes, nor do they bite humans. Some larval crane flies are predatory and may eat mosquito larvae.[2] Adult crane flies feed on nectar or they do not feed at all; once they become adults, most crane fly species exist as adults only to mate and die.

The West Nile virus is a type of virus known as a flavivirus. Researchers believe West Nile virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person.

Mosquitos carry the highest amounts of virus in the early fall, which is why the rate of the disease increases in late August to early September. The risk of disease decreases as the weather becomes colder and mosquitos die off.

Although many people are bitten by mosquitos that carry West Nile virus, most do not know they've been exposed. Few people develop severe disease or even notice any symptoms at all.

Mild, flu-like illness is often called West Nile fever. More severe forms of disease, which can be life threatening, may be called West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis, depending on what part of the body is affected.

Risk factors for developing a more severe form of West Nile virus include:

West Nile virus may also be spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. It is possible for an infected mother to spread the virus to her child through breast milk.

Of the 720 cases, 373 (52%) were reported as West Nile meningitis or encephalitis (neuroinvasive disease), 322 (45%) were reported as West Nile fever (milder disease), and 25 (3%) were clinically unspecified at this time. Please refer to state health department web sites for further details regarding state case totals.


Tips about mosquitoes for Parents

A Public Health Alert has been issued frequently in the last couple of years due to the transmission of St. Louis encephalitis virus, a potentially deadly disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Nighttime mosquito bites become more dangerous in neighborhoods where mosquitoes are known to be infected with the virus. Don't leave protection to chance by relying on home remedies, bath oils, or gadgets like ultrasonic repellers. Your children are not always by your side, so it is important to educate them about the dangers of biting mosquitoes. There are precautions you can take to reduce the mosquito breeding and resting sites around your home. Follow the tips outlined below.

First Things First:


Take Extra Precautions:

Encephalitis symptoms appear five to 15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.

Seek medical advice IMMEDIATELY if two of the following symptoms appear:




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