Dengue Fever? Get To Know LA County Vector Control

What do you do if you find a giant hive of bees? Is there standing water on a nearby lot that is attracting mosquitoes? To solve these issues just call L A County Vector Control! So of course you ask… what the H-E- Double Hockey Sticks is a VECTOR?

A vector is any arthropod, insect, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease (e.g. malaria, plague) to humans. Under certain circumstances, insects or other arthropods that cause human discomfort or injury, but not disease, are sometimes referred to as vectors.

Why does vector control exist? Mosquitoes, for instance, are responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature. World-wide, nearly 4 million people die each year from various mosquito-borne diseases. Vector Control  is down at our local beaches, by the bathrooms, showers, water fountains and other areas where mosquitoes may gather all the times, protecting us from various possible disease outbreaks. Nothing ruins a day at the beach like West Nile Virus, which originated in the 1930′s and took decades to migrate to the United States. With international travel and changing natural animal habitats, diseases roam the planet and Vector Control keeps tabs on all of it, and protects our community.

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District services 34 cities and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Click here to verify that your zip code falls into our service area. If not, locate the district serving your area by visiting

The following form can be used to report a specific problem or to request our services. Please fill out this form completely with detailed information, and we will contact you as soon as possible.

This is a free service. Click here to fill out a service request!
Bees: LA County Agriculture Commissioner of Weights and Measures – (626) 575-5471

Fire Ants: County Ag. Comm. – (626) 575-4251, (888) 4FIREANT

Rodents: LA County Department of Health Services, Vector Management Program – (626) 430-5461

Please Note: GLACVCD does not provide service for bees and rodents. If you need assistance regarding a bee problem, please contact the Agricultural Commission at 626-575-5466. For assistance regarding a rodent problem, please contact Rodent Vector Control at 626-430-5450.

City of Los Angeles Sanitation Trash Pickup / Bulky Item Pickup

Venice is serviced by the City of Los Angeles for sanitation services. Depending on your street address, trash pickup is typically made once per week. Some apartment buildings and community groups have independent sanitation services that pick up more often.

Contact City Services by dialing 311 .Website:

** Important ** Bulky item pickup is FREE! If you have a large piece of furniture, a mattress or other large item, all you have to do is put it next to your trash bins and call the department of Sanitation and they will schedule a truck to come remove it at NO COST.

Bulky Item Collection

We encourage you to recycle your bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. However, if you are unable to do so, the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick-up your large or bulky household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furnitures from all residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles free of charge. To make arrangements to have these items removed from your curbside, please call Sanitation at 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., at least one day before your regular collection day. Bulky items are collected on the day of your regular trash collection day. Please have an itemized list ready when calling in your request. You could also send us your request for bulky items by clicking on the Service Request Form link indicated below. Fill out and submit the Service Request form. The Service Request form takes two days to be processed. BOS does not collect automotive parts, construction materials, commercial materials, and cardboards. Cardboards are only collected as a Move In/Move Out service not as a bulky item pickup. Please return to the main menu and read the Move In/Move Out service description.

Customer Service Call Center
No Public Counter
Los Angeles, CA 90013
T.F. (800) 773-2489

Email: SAN.CallCenter@LACity.Org

Click here to fill out any sanitation Service Request Form

Here is a list of ALL City of Los Angeles Sanitation Services:

City of Los Angeles Stormwater Services / Illegal Dumping

If you see illegal dumping in progress, dial 311 immediately.

To report illegal dumping for City cleanup click here to fill out the online report.

Illegal dumping into storm drains is a huge problem. Used motor oil, discarded food, trash and other debris are just some of the items routinely dumped into storm drains throughout the city. Curbside catch basins are the entry points of the storm drain system, which eventually discharges out into the ocean. Additionally, catch basins filled with debris can create unhealthy conditions in residential neighborhoods by becoming a breeding ground for rats, roaches and disease.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal dumping by calling the Stormwater Program at (800) 974-9794. Please note: after 5:00PM and before 7:00AM Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday the 800-974-9794 will roll over to the City’s 311 number.

You can also report Illegal Dumping in your neighborhood by visiting the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation.

Taxi Cabs in Venice

Los Angeles regulates the Taxi Cab services in the city for consumer protection. Avoid bandit cab problems by avoiding bandit cabs! Below is the list of sanctioned and licensed cab companies that serve the Venice Beach area.

United Independent Taxi
(Los Angeles & Beverly Hills)
(213) 483-7660 or
(310) 821-1000 or
(800) 411-0303
(213) 483-7669,
Ext. 3029
Yellow Cab
(310 or 213)
808-1000 or
(800) 200-1085
(310) 715-1968

Bell Cab
(Los Angeles)
(888) 235-5222 or
(800) 666-6664
(800) 830-0551

Beverly Hills Cab Company
(Los Angeles & Beverly Hills)
(310 or 800) 273-6611
(310) 837-0260

Checker Cab
(Los Angeles & West
(310 or 800) 300-5007
(310) 330-3720

Independent Taxi
(323) 666-0050 or
(800) 521-8294
(323) 666-0050

(800) 501-0999

Emergency Phone Numbers


For non-emergency calls dial 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273)

LAPD Pacific Station:

12312 Culver Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

LAPD Pacific Division Facebook page

LAPD Pacific Division Twitter

LAPD Beach Substation ( Not staffed 24 hrs. ) 1-310-392-5170

Venice Beach Lifeguards: 310-394-3261


Other Important Numbers:

California Missing Children Hotline: 1-800-222-FIND

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Los Angeles: 213-477-6565

Secret Service: 1-213-894-4830

Marina Del Rey Harbor Patrol: 310-823-7763

Large item removal ( mattresses, refrigerators ) 800-773-2498

Health Hazardous Materials Emergency Response: 1-323-890-4317

Mental Health Department Psychiatric Emergency: 1-800-854-7771

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-2738255)

Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

US Postal Inspection Service Criminal Investigations: 1-877-876-2455