Let’s Be Prepared...
Even Before Mosquito Season!
San Diego - We need to remember that mosquitoes are still with us even in Winter, and will share diseases with some of us this coming mosquito season!
On 2015, eleven San Diego County residents contracted West Nile Virus — the most since 2008 — including a 78-year-old La Mesa man who became the first person locally to die from the disease in seven years.
The recent rainstorms marked the beginning of the rainy season, San Diego’s higher-than-normal Winter temperatures are creating perfect mosquito breeding conditions, and all they need is a ½ inch of standing water. Mosquitoes can breed anywhere! Rain water that might have collected in puddles, buckets, tires, plant saucers, rain gutters or other locations in yards should be dumped.
“People should clear their yards of standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding,”advised Elizabeth Pozzebon, director of the Department of Environmental Health.“ They also need to remember to use insect repellents, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants if you're out at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active”.
County authorities advise the public to take precautions, and ask the public to report swimming pools in vacated homes that have turned green, and dead birds that didn't obviously die from another cause, to Vector Control Program (858) 694-2888.
For more information about West Nile virus, go to San Diego County’s website: