Pest Control Agency to Hold Open House

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is holding an open house all this week to show off its arsenal of anti-bug weapons.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., tours of the district's headquarters will show the latest equipment used to protect the public against mosquito-borne diseases.

The tours will coincide with Thursday's 98th anniversary of the start of research that led scientists to discover that mosquitoes spread yellow fever. The finding prompted drainage of marshlands near the Panama Canal. Until then, nearly half of all canal project workers died of yellow fever, said LuAnn Munns, a spokeswoman for the control district.

Today's weapons for controlling bugs--such as the district's Hovercraft that sprays mosquito-infested lakes--will be on display at 12545 Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs.

Information: (562) 944-9656.

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