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PSA: Invasive Mosquito and Infectious Disease Discovered in Compton


An invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito was discovered here in Compton in mid-September. Staff at the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District are taking the appropriate steps to inform the public how they can best protect themselves – and their community – from this threat.

These invasive mosquitoes can potentially transmit deadly-diseases such as the Zika Virus, Chikungunya, and the Dengue and Yellow Fevers. Unlike other mosquitoes, which will stay in the cool shade during the day and bite primarily at dawn and dusk, the Aedes aegypti will be active biters throughout the day as well. These mosquitoes will also bite multiple times whereas other mosquito species will only bite once.

As always, this type of emergency requires shared responsibility between our District and the wider community. We must all work together to take the preventative steps needed to eliminate mosquito habitats.

Follow these simple safety tips to protect yourself and our community:

  • Remove all standing water on your property; that is where mosquitoes breed.
  • Ensure rain barrels are properly sealed to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
  • Ensure all screens around your home are in good repair to keep mosquitos out.
  • Wear loose long sleeve shirts and long pants to prevent mosquitoes from biting.
  • Wear insect repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Stay indoors during the hours of dusk and dawn, when many mosquitoes are most active.
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