PRESS RELEASE

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

5/28/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 052821
Subject:
City Provides Tips to Prevent the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Contact:
Judeth Luong
562.570.4104
Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov
Environmental Health Manager
Department of Health & Human Services




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Health Department is asking residents and businesses to partner with them in controlling mosquitoes and preventing diseases. City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis advises that residents should follow the below precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they may carry.

Mosquitoes can carry serious diseases like West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria and Zika, and can present a serious public health concern. Mosquitoes cannot transmit the COVID-19 virus.

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.
  • Ensure that water-related play areas (kiddie pools, water slides, etc.) are properly maintained.  
  • 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 two months and older as well as pregnant and 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:

  • Call the Long Beach Mosquito Hotline at 562.570.4132.
  • Submit an online report at longbeach.gov/mosquitoes
  • Report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health by calling 1.877.WNV.BIRD or online at westnile.ca.gov.

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

Media inquiries can be directed to Judeth Luong, Environmental Health Manager, Department of Health & Human Services, 562.570.4104, Judeth.Luong@longbeach.gov.