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Preventing Nature’s Peskiest Pests
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It’s hard to find a downside to the drought-ending storms like we had this past winter. But all of that glorious rainwater can easily collect and turn into a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

When it comes to laying eggs, nature’s peskiest pests favor the shallow standing water that tends to pool outside your home after a storm. Not only a nuisance when you’re lounging outside on a warm summer night, mosquitoes can also pose a health threat. According to the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control, here in the Los Angeles area, there are 14 different types of mosquitoes bugging us with the invasive Aedes species (or Asian Tiger Mosquito) creating the most recent challenges. Given the right conditions, mosquitoes need just one week to complete their life cycle. So don’t procrastinate in getting rid of shallow stagnant water on your property. But do steer clear of insecticides. This short-term fix contains harmful water-polluting chemicals that can flow into our local rivers, creeks and ocean.

Your best bet for banishing mosquitoes is to rid your home of possible breeding sites. Here’s how:

  • Clear your yard of old tires and any other unneeded items that are likely to catch water during storms.
  • After every rain, empty out all flower pots, window boxes, pet bowls, buckets, shallow wading pools and other potential containers where water has collected.
  • Shake out any tarps used to shield piles of wood, gas grills or other equipment to ensure there’s no water stuck in its pockets or folds.
  • Clean out leaves and other debris from clogged rain gutters. Clogged rain gutters are a top breeding spot for mosquitoes!
  • Keep rain barrels tightly covered to guarantee that your rainwater harvesting is completely mosquito-proof in its protection against ocean-harming runoff pollution.
  • Be the eyes of your neighborhood. If you notice stagnant pools of water in your community, contact the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control to report a problem.
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Kate Hrock says:
April 16, 2019 12:33 PM

House located at 15487 Camarillo St. Enc. has been vacated for a long period of time without care for the swimming pool. Water is green, etc.

The house has been under construction about a year. I’m not certain of the exact address as the front is off the building but adjoining address is 15472 Camarillo St.

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LA Stormwater says:
April 16, 2019 14:58 PM

Hello Kate,

Thank you for your message. Please call the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656. They assist residents regarding mosquitoes, bees, or other pest infestations. You can also submit your request through this form here: https://www.glacvcd.org/vector-information/service-request-form/

Hope this helps!

Best,

LA Stormwater

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LA Stormwater says:
April 16, 2019 14:58 PM

Hello Kate,

Thank you for your message. Please call the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656. They assist residents regarding mosquitoes, bees, or other pest infestations. You can also submit your request through this form here: https://www.glacvcd.org/vector-information/service-request-form/

Hope this helps!

Best,

LA Stormwater

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