LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District advises residents to take precautions against mosquitos and prevent the spread of West Nile.

West Nile virus is a “bird virus” primarily transmitted between birds by mosquitoes. The virus also can be transmitted to humans through the bite of a West Nile infected mosquito.

Preventing mosquito bites is fundamental to stopping the spread of West Nile. To protect yourself, avoid activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, apply mosquito repellent containing the active ingredient DEET when outside, and wear protective clothing (loose, light colored, long sleeve shirts and pants).

Around the home, eliminate mosquito breeding grounds from your property by removing standing water in containers, such as flower pots, fountains and pet dishes. You can also do your part by dumping or draining water in neglected swimming pools, ponds, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets or anything capable of holding water for more than a few days.

If you suspect that an area is at risk, contact your local Vector Control and submit a service request: www.ReportMosquitoes.org.

Find out more about West Nile virus and get additional tips on how to protect yourself by visiting www.glacvcd.org.