Mosquitoes can be annoying and sometimes pose a serious risk to public health. In certain areas of the United States, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile Virus and equine encephalitis. To combat mosquitoes and the public health hazards they present, the Village of Los Lunas has established a mosquito control program.
What can I do?
Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week if not more often.
Keep swimming pools treated and circulating and rain gutters unclogged.
Make sure window and door screens are "bug tight."
Who is involved?
State and local government agencies play a critical role in protecting public health from mosquito-borne diseases.
- They provide information to the medical and environmental networks that first identify possible outbreaks.
- They manage mosquito control programs that carry out prevention, public education and vector population management.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), works closely with the state and local health departments and provides public information in several languages.
- They monitor the potential sources and outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases and provide advice and consultation on prevention and control.
- CDC develops national strategies to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) provides science-based information about pesticide-related subjects, including pesticide products, pesticide poisonings, toxicology, and environmental chemistry or call (800) 858-7378.