It's Not Just A Bite.


Mosquitoes are small, flying insects that are common throughout California. Mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of animals and humans. After feeding on blood, a female mosquito will lay eggs on or near water. The young stages of a mosquito grow in standing water. There are more than 50 kinds of mosquitoes in California – not all are a threat to humans, but several kinds bite humans, and some can spread diseases (such as West Nile virus) when they bite. ​

The best way to prevent diseases that are spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself from mosquito bites: use mosquito repellent on clothes and exposed skin when going outdoors (especially at dawn and dusk; mosquitoes bite day & night), and wear long sleeves and pants for extra protection. You can also keep biting mosquitoes from breeding near your home by draining standing water around your yard at least once per week. 

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes bite during the day and night. They live indoors and outdoors.
The most effective way to avoid getting sick from viruses spread by mosquitoes when at home and during travel is to prevent mosquito bites. IT'S NOT JUST A BITE.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from mosquito bites:

West Nile Virus - Signs & Symptoms

West Nile virus (WNV) can be a serious illness. It can affect people and animals. A bite from an infected mosquito spreads West Nile virus; contact with infected people or animals does not spread West Nile virus.

Learn more about West Nile virus signs and symptoms:


County of Inyo - Mosquito Abatement Program

The Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program (OVMAP) provides continual surveillance of mosquitoes throughout Inyo County to ascertain the threat of disease transmission and annoyance levels, then uses safe, integrated vector management methods to keep mosquitoes below those levels. 

Learn more about OVMAP and request mosquito services for your home or event.