BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
MOSQUITO ABATEMENT AND CONTROL MEASURES
Once mosquito population thresholds are exceeded, staff apply appropriate control measures that minimize environmental impacts while maximizing results.
- Use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the preferred approach by the Long Beach Vector Control Program. This approach uses natural methods to control mosquito populations. IPM can be accomplished by altering the habitat of the mosquito by clearing brush and other vegetation to allow water to circulate, which inhibits mosquito breeding. Mosquito eating fish can also be introduced into mosquito breeding habitats as an effective alternative to pesticide use.
- Use of pesticides is not the first choice to control mosquitoes. When pesticides are used, only licensed technicians are allowed to apply them and only within approved parameters