Prevent Mosquito Bites, Eliminate Breeding Sources

As of September 24, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) confirmed that West Nile virus-positive mosquito samples have been detected in 12 Orange County cities. 

NO mosquitoes trapped in Laguna Woods have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Follow these tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
  • Wear repellent clothing containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing
  • Dump and drain outdoor containers filled with water at least weekly
  • Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens

Around the home, eliminating breeding sources for mosquitoes is critical:

  • Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly 
  • Dump water from potted plant saucers

Eliminating mosquito breeding sources is critical to preventing the spread of West Nile virus. For more information on how you can help reduce the risk of West Nile virus in your community, visit

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