COMPTON CREEK MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT ‘INVADES’ AIR SHOW
March 11th marks the first of two air shows, both at the Compton/Woodley Airport, where the District’s presence continues to be a vital resource for attendees with an interest in preventing the spread of mosquito-borne illness.
From providing handouts to answering questions from residents and families, the District remains the go-to resource involving this subject.
The event itself – an unforgettable aerial display of a variety of flying machines, including fighter planes from World War Two – is a metaphor about an equally powerful foe, one that swoops from the sky and causes ruinous consequences: The mosquito.
Able to invade territories with ease, and cross borders with speed, the mosquito is an agent of death and destruction; it is responsible for malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus and Zika.
Thankfully, the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District (CCMAD) is here to stop this enemy. The District, whose origins date to 1927, educates the public about these dangers; it is in, and of, the community – working to protect the innocent, and save the sick.
The District focuses on eliminating mosquitoes from breeding on private property. To reduce the risk of infection, and safeguard their neighborhoods, resident should do the following:
- Dump and drain all standing water, since this is where mosquitoes must live to complete their lifecycle. Removing standing water prevents mosquitoes from breeding.
- Stay inside when mosquitoes are most active, during dawn and dusk.
- Defend yourself when outside by either wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants, or using insect repellent that contains one or all of the following ingredients:
- Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
Along with the literature we distribute to adults, the District also gives children a variety of goodies, including mosquito swatters, pencils, rulers and magnifying glasses to help identify – and stomp – mosquitoes.
A great event, indeed!