Warm weather is here, bringing outdoor fun and, unfortunately, mosquitoes and disease risks. West Nile virus and Zika virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.
Laguna Beach residents can do a variety of things to help protect themselves and the community, and to help reduce the risk from mosquitoes this season:
• Eliminate standing water around the home or office
• Make sure all window and door screens on the property are in good repair
• Wear a repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR 3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
• Contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District to report dead birds or neglected swimming pools.
You can contact the Orange County Vector Control by calling 949-654-2421 or for more information visit their website at www.ocvcd.org.