Residents Reminded to Use Precautionary Steps to Keep Mosquitoes Away

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West Nile Virus - Mosquitoes

With the warmer summer weather creating an ideal environment for mosquito breeding, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer, encourages all residents to protect themselves against West Nile Virus.

The Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is urging residents to protect themselves during the Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming warmer summer months by taking precautions to avoid mosquitoes. Over the holiday weekend, people will be outside celebrating the unofficial kick off of the summer season with backyard barbecues and trips to campgrounds, parks and beaches. While out enjoying good food and friends, remember that the warmer weather also creates an ideal environment for some uninvited guests – mosquitoes.

As the weather gets warmer, mosquito breeding is certain to increase. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV). Avoiding mosquitoes can reduce the risk of exposure to WNV and other mosquito borne diseases.

Long Beach health officials are advising residents to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Mosquitoes can breed in standing water. Eliminate standing water on your property by draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Recycle water for outdoor use instead of using potable water.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if you plan to be outdoors at dawn or dusk.
  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Residents should follow instructions on the label. Consult with your child’s pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of two years.
  • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure your window screens are in good condition.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and drain water from pool covers.
  • Follow new restrictions and limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to Tuesdays and Saturdays, and avoid run off to gutters and around sprinklers.
  • Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Health Services by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD or online at

The Long Beach Health Department continues active surveillance for mosquito populations and works to control mosquito populations in known public breeding locations such as ponds, wetlands and flood channels. Residents can do their part by eliminating standing water in and around their property and reporting breeding sources to the Health Department at the number below.

For further information, contact the City of Long Beach Health Department Vector Control Program at 562.570.4132 or at

Further information about the WNV may be obtained at the California Department of Public Health website at, or at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at

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