Greater Los Angeles Vector Control Has a New Strategy to Slow West Nile Virus

From Spectrum News 1
September 17, 2020

LOS ANGELES — As Americans continue to focus on the Coronavirus, mosquito experts want locals to be cognizant of another virus moving back into Los Angeles: West Nile.

Studies show that a mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world in terms of how many humans it kills every year. 

The Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District (GLAVCD) technicians answer calls for problem areas and educate communities on how to eliminate sources.

Ryan Rothenwander is a GLAVCD specialist who explained how an abandoned driveway full of junk can became the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

“These buckets and containers that, when it rains, water will get stuck inside there, and as it warms up again the mosquitoes lay their eggs on the inside of the container and they start breeding like crazy,” Rothenwander explained.

The house is one of about 50 the Rothenwander consistently checks, in addition to answering calls from residents who can’t find the source of their mosquito problems.

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