Mosquito Season is here on the Central Coast

June 4, 2018

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – With summer weather and longer days does the increase in outdoor activity which means a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes.

The Ventura County Health Division says that mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as the West Nile Virus and the St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus.

The Ventura Health Division monitors and controls about 2,400 mosquito breeding sources in Ventura County.

Health Officials advise people to eliminate standing water from their property, no matter how small, and to make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without holes.

When going outside, make sure to wear protective clothing and apply an EPA approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. If you have rain barrels, you can mosquito proof them by covering the opening with a tight-fitting lid or a 1/16-inch mesh screen.

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