LANCASTER – More mosquitos from mosquito traps in Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
One trap was located near West 25th Street and P-8 Avenue. The other trap was located near 30th Street East and Avenue R. To date, there have been 13 West Nile positive mosquito samples for the 2020 mosquito season.
Public Health also reported another human case of West Nile virus within the county lines, bringing the number of local people with West Nile virus to seven.
The district would like to reaffirm the importance of a low mosquito population. The lower the mosquito frequency, the less likely there is a problem with the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. Brenna Bates-Grubb, community outreach specialist for the AVMVCD, said, “There is no vaccine or cure for the West Nile virus. The best way to stay safe is to prevent mosquito bites. Prevent mosquitoes from multiplying in your home by removing stagnant water sources at least once a week and wearing mosquito repellants outdoors. “
AVMVCD staff will continue to conduct intensive searches across the district to keep mosquito populations down and reduce the likelihood of local residents getting sick.
The fight against mosquitoes is the shared responsibility of the district and the residents. The district wishes to reach out to the community again to urge residents to do their part to protect against mosquito bites by following the recommendations below:
• Check the property for standing water and remove it
• If mosquitoes are active, use EPA registered insect repellants that contain one of the main ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, IR3535
• Make sure your screens on windows and doors are in good condition to avoid mosquitos around the home
• Check the faucets, irrigation systems, and air conditioning and repair any leaks or puddles that persist for several days
• Report stagnant pools and other backyard sources to the AVMVCD at 661-942-2917
Call 661-942-2917 to report a green pool or mosquito load.
For additional questions or services, call the Antelope Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District at 661-942-2917.