Asian Tiger mosquito species persists

One year after the Asian Tiger mosquito species was identified by the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, the infestation continues in El Monte and South El Monte.

Though the infestation has not spread to other cities in the region, new properties in the two cities are still being invaded.

The Asian Tiger species is known for transferring diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya.

Though the Greater Los Angeles County Vector District and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District have used resources to remove the infestation, the Asian Tiger species persists because of their breeding habits and properties that encourage breeding behavior in the species.

Properties that provide conditions that encourage breeding for the species may be fined up to $1,000 per day in violation of the Health and Safety Code.

The districts continue to push forward with their plan of eliminating the species, which involves going to individual properties and neighborhoods within an 18 square mile radius.

The species thrives off urban properties with an abundance of still water and humid microclimates.

Both districts provide services for mosquito-related scenarios, including treatments and free inspections.

The districts also hold public forums with guest speakers to educate residents on how to spot the Asian Tiger species and prevent the spreading.

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—Robert Penalber

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