Los Angeles County Vector Control District
ALERT: The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito sample this year in Artesia to test positive for West Nile virus. Residents are urged to take precautions; for details and updates, click here.
What is a Vector?
A vector is any arthropod, insect, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease (e.g. malaria, plague) to humans. Under certain circumstances, insects or other arthropods that cause human discomfort or injury, but not disease, are sometimes referred to as vectors.
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District provides services to 36 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County to control vectors such as mosquitoes, midges and black flies. This is done by using an Integrated Vector Management (IVM) strategy that includes conducting surveillance, controlling sources and vectors, and public education. The result is a healthier community with a lower risk for disease outbreaks.
While the District conducts regular surveillance and control measures throughout the County there are a number of things homeowners can do around their homes to protect themselves from vectors. For issues related to vector control, please visit the Los Angeles County Vector Control District's website or call the District at (562) 944-9656 for more information.
To many people’s surprise, mosquitoes can transmit viruses to people and animals living in Los Angeles County. Our disease surveillance program, breeding source control efforts, and public education efforts help reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to get rid of every single mosquito since there are so many standing water sources, like buckets or plant saucers, in our communities. Most of the time, mosquito bites result in an itchy, allergic reaction. However, there are cases of people being infected with a mosquito-borne disease. Learn more about Mosquito-Borne Diseases here.
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