World Mosquito Day

Today is World Mosquito Day, which stemmed from the discovery of the malaria parasite in 1897. This discovery, by Dr. Ronald Ross, was made by studying the transmission of malaria in birds. The mosquito is the most dangerous animal in the world - with its transmitted diseases killing over one million people each year.

Although malaria isn't prevalent in our county, mosquitoes still cause great damage around the world because of the diseases they can transmit through the bite of an infected mosquito and Los Angeles County is no exception as health officials in LA and neighboring counties see a rapid increase in virus activity, especially for West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.

The most effective way to fight back is to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats - i.e. standing water that is pooled up around the water (in tires, on tarps, or underneath gardening containers).