‘Ankle biter’ mosquito breeding on the rise throughout Southern California

From ABC7
August 5, 2021

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) — The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeing a greater number of “ankle biter” mosquitoes this summer.

Lora Young, the director of communications for OCMVCD, said these pesky pests are mostly noticeable because they’re the ones causing pain throughout Southern California.

“Especially with the Aedes mosquito. They’re a very aggressive day-biting mosquito and they prefer to bite people where our other mosquitoes prefer to bite birds,” Young said.

Young said numbers for the southern house mosquito – that’s the one able to carry West Nile Virus – are trending about average when compared to the last five years.

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