Don’t give mosquitoes a biting chance; join the OC Vector Control and Tip, Toss and Take Action this summer! The recent rains and now rising temperatures we are experiencing have led to perfect mosquito breeding conditions around our homes. It’s time to continue our shared responsibility in protecting public health.
Here’s how you can Tip, Toss and Take Action:
As well as being a pest, mosquitoes can carry numerous diseases that can make people and animals sick. The disease of most concern in Southern California is the West Nile virus. Spread by mosquito bite, West Nile can cause flu like symptoms including fever, headache, and nausea. Gradation of the virus can lead to stroke-like symptoms, coma, paralysis and even death.
Orange County is also home to invasive Aedes mosquitoes, which can transmit Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Unfortunately, the Aedes mosquito now resides in every Orange County city.
Reduce your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes this summer by eliminating mosquito breeding sites and reducing your exposure to disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Tips for preventing mosquitoes:
Orange County residents are urged to report unusual numbers of mosquitoes, or day-biting mosquitoes, to OCMVCD. For more information, please contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at (714) 971-2421 or (949) 654-2421, or visit www.ocvector.org.