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Environmental Protection Agency Approves Nootkatone

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new ingredient, called nootkatone, that repels and kills mosquitoes and ticks. The naturally occurring ingredient — which is responsible for the characteristic scent of grapefruit — was discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and developed into an insecticide. If you need assistance dealing with flies […]

Berkeley Study Links West Nile with Higher Temperatures

According to a recent UC Berkeley study, there is a link between increased West Nile transmission with higher temperatures. As temperatures continue to increase globally, regions closer to the coast are likely to face an increased risk of West Nile virus outbreaks, according to study lead author Nicholas Skaff. Read the full article.

Mosquito-borne disease a rising threat

New research suggests that by 2050, half the world’s population could be at risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever or the Zika virus. A combination of environmental change, urbanization and human movements around the world are helping mosquitoes spread into new areas, according to the findings, reported Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology. You […]

Josh Jacobson Selected as New Executive Director

Josh Jacobson Appointed New Executive Director OREGON CITY, ORE—The Clackamas County Vector Control District (CCVCD) Board of Trustees has selected Josh Jacobson as the district’s new executive director. CCVCD is a special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes, flies and vector-borne disease. “We are fortunate to have Josh taking over the program,” said […]

When Should I Call Vector Control?

When Should I Contact Vector Control? Contact our office if: You are bothered by mosquitoes, a trained employee will investigate and lend assistance. You need help to prevent or control mosquito breeding in your backyard. You have an ornamental pond, unused swimming pool or an animal drinking trough, mosquito fish will be furnished without charge.

Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquito Life Cycle Eggs The most common mosquitoes lay egg rafts that float on the water. Each raft contains from 100 to 400 eggs. Within a few days the eggs hatch into larvae. Larva The larva or “wiggler” comes to the surface to breathe through a tube called a siphon. It sheds its skin or […]

Insect Trivia

Insect Trivia Q. What is Oregon’s state insect? A. The Swallowtail Butterfly Q. What is the most dangerous insect? A. The mosquito because it carries so many deadly diseases Q. How long does it take for a mosquito to “hatch”? A. Only seven days are required to complete their life cycle (egg to adult mosquito) […]