County health officials offer tips to prevent mosquito bites as season begins

April 3, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — With mosquito season near, County officials reminded people Tuesday that they need to dump out standing water and protect themselves from mosquitoes if they want to stay safe from illnesses like West Nile virus and Zika.

County Supervisor Greg Cox and Chris Conlan, a supervising vector ecologist with the County’s Vector Control Program, held the County’s annual mosquito-prevention kickoff event Tuesday afternoon at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City.

“The most important message we want to get out today,” Cox said, “is that you can help prevent these diseases. All you have to do to help fight mosquitoes and disease is follow the County’s ‘Prevent, Protect, Report’ mantra.

“Prevent mosquitoes from breeding,” Cox said, “by dumping out standing water inside and outside homes. Protect against mosquitoes by wearing insect repellent and proper clothing. And report mosquito activity and dead birds to County Vector Control.”

The County has held the annual mosquito prevention kickoff for nearly 15 years and reiterated its main messages Tuesday — that mosquitoes can breed in the smallest amounts of water.

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