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Picture of Aedes Aegypti mosquito from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
Picture of Aedes Aegypti mosquito from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

June 20th through the 26th 2021 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

 

The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District says there are three mosquito species that can carry viruses, such as West Nile virus, Dengue, and Zika, here in the Coachella Valley.

 

Aedes aegypti is one such mosquito. Found in the Coachella Valley in 2016 the Aedes aegypti is capable of transmitting viruses. None have been transmitted locally. The Aedes aegypti is a small black and white mosquito, known as an aggressive day biter, lives in urban areas with people, and is difficult to get rid of unless communities are willing to help.

 

Join us virtually June 20-26, 2021, as we share mosquito facts and protection tips against mosquitoes like Aedes aegypti.

 

Follow the hashtag #NationalMosquitoWeek, our social media platforms @cvmosquito, and visit our website cvmosquito.org for more information.

 

Prevent mosquito bites by following the three D’s:

 

  • Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
  • Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing when outside.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

 


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