June 11, 2019
It’s summer (finally). And it’s not just the sunburn you have to worry about. The Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Control District is warning residents of West Hollywood and other westside communities about the dangers of mosquitos.
Of the 50,000 varieties of mosquitos in the world, there are more than 50 in California and nine in the West Vector Control District, which covers 720 square miles and includes the cities of Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Culver City, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, the westerly portion of Los Angeles City, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, and the unincorporated territory of the County of Los Angeles.
Perhaps the most worrisome form of mosquito in our area is the Aedes mosquito, a small insect with black and white stripes that is known as an aggressive biter during the day as well as night. According to the West Vector Control District, it typically breeds indoors and outdoors in plant saucers and other containers filled with as little as a teaspoon of water.