LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County officials are warning residents about a dangerous species of mosquito spotted in South El Monte that may transmit many debilitating diseases.
Officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District said the Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive species that may transmit diseases such as yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and several other encephalitis viruses.
Authorities say the aggressive, day-biting mosquito is approximately 1/4 inch with distinctive black and white banding.
If you have seen the insect or have been bitten by it, you're urged to report the situation as soon as possible to vector control officials.
Experts say the Asian tiger mosquito survives well near humans and lays eggs in water-filled containers. Here are tips to prevent this mosquito from taking up residence around your home:
- Get rid of standing water from containers and clean them out using a towel and bleach to remove any remaining eggs.
- Dispose of or remove unused containers and potential breeding sources such as old tires, cans and buckets.
- Check for and eliminate standing water in natural sources such as tree holes, bamboo, bromeliads and other flowering plants.
- Eliminate all standing water around your property; this mosquito will lay eggs next to even the smallest amount of standing water.