PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/24/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 052419-3
Subject:
City Provides Tips to for Protect Against Mosquito Population and Prevent Spread of Disease
Contact:
Nelson Kerr
Bureau of Environmental Health Manager
Department of Health & Human Services
562.570.4170
Nelson.Kerr@longbeach.gov




Heavy winter rains, combined with the coming warmer weather, is creating an ideal situation for mosquitoes to breed. City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, advises residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Mosquitoes can carry serious diseases like West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria and Zika, and present a serious public health concern.

What can people do to protect themselves?

  • Empty any containers filled with water in and around the home.
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls at least once a week.
  • Dump water from potted plant saucers.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and drain water from pool covers.
  • Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants.
  • Install screens on doors and windows.
  • Use an EPA registered insect repellent such as DEET to prevent mosquito bites.  DEET is safe for children 2 months and older as well as pregnant & breastfeeding mothers (always us as directed).

Residents are urged to report unusual numbers of day-biting mosquitoes and neglected or green pools in one of the following ways:

Report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.

Residents can find more information about mosquitoes, rodents and fleas by visiting www.longbeach.gov/health and by following the Health Department on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media inquiries can be directed to Nelson Kerr, Bureau of Environmental Health Manager, Department of Health & Human Services, 562.570.4170,  Nelson.Kerr@longbeach.gov 

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