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Biting and Stinging Insects in LA County

LA County West Vector ControlPublic Awareness Advisory:
Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disase Control District

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus
West Nile
virus (WNV) is primarily transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Since 2004, WNV activity has been detected in all 58 counties in California and surveillance efforts have shown that the virus remains active in Los Angeles County. In 2011, 158 human infections and 9 deaths were recorded throughout the state.

Africanized Honey Bees
Los Angeles County has been completely colonized by the Africanized honey bee since April 1999. The Los Angeles County West Vector Control District will remove non-structural beehives and swarms in our jurisdiction Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of some height and safety limitations. If you wish to request removal of a bee swarm or colony outside a home or business in your area, please call (800) 825-3400

Ticks & Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of the western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus. Studies have shown that approximately 1%-2% of western black-legged ticks found in the Santa Monica Mountains, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and other rural areas of Los Angeles County carry the Lyme disease bacteria. The adult western black-legged tick is most active from late November through May

Red Imported Fire Ants
The red imported fire ant (RIFA)
is a species of ant known for its aggressive behavior and painful sting.
Red imported fire ant colonies have now been found in five Southern California counties, including Los Angeles. RIFA may infest lawns, gardens, golf courses and parks, where they pose a health threat to people, pets and wildlife.
If a RIFA infestation is suspected in your area, please call (310) 915-7370 for a free inspection of the property.

We also recommend that you visit the following web site at www.lawestvector.org  for additional information on vectors and other services provided by the Los Angeles County West Vector Control District.

Please refer to the pdf brochures below for further information

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