Be Aware Of Standing Water & Daytime Biting Mosquitoes”Mosquito Awareness Week” In California – April 15-21, 2018

From San Joaquin County MVCD
April 16, 2018

(STOCKTON, CA) – San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) is asking the public to be aware of standing water around their property. “For mosquitoes, any standing water in large containers to plastic bottle caps is suitable for mosquito development,” said Aaron Devencenzi, Public Information Officer with the District. “As temperatures increase with intermittent rains, mosquito populations will begin to thrive. The District is asking people to diligently remove any standing water on a weekly basis,” said Devencenzi. “In addition, we are asking that daytime biting mosquitoes be reported to the District.”

There are two different invasive Aedes mosquito species moving their way through California. Aedes aegypti commonly called the yellow fever mosquito and Aedes albopictus, commonly called the Asian tiger mosquito, are potential carriers of mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika. Primarily established in southern and central areas of California, Aedes aegypti were found in Merced County in September of 2017. Early detection is key. If the District is able to detect the invasive Aedes mosquitoes early, there is higher chance to contain or possibly eradicate the population. Although we have other mosquito species that biting during the day, we are asking the public to call in daytime biting mosquitoes to the District.

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