Hotter weather means more mosquitoes in the Central Valley

From Your Central Valley
July 8, 2021

FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – The life-cycle of a mosquito tends to speed up in warmer temperatures.  Generations of mosquitoes are multiplying faster in the Valley heat and surveillance shows local numbers quickly increasing.

Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District biologist Chenoa Defreece says, “Our concern of course with increasing temperatures is that mosquitoes become adults quicker, as well as that, helps with the transmission of diseases. As you have more mosquitoes out, they’re biting other individuals, and perpetuating possible disease outbreaks.”

Mosquito monitoring and testing in Fresno County has been positive for West Nile Virus 21 times this year.  A horse in Fresno County also tested positive for the virus.

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