Invasive mosquitoes biting the Chino Valley

From Champion Newspapers
September 6, 2019

Black mosquitoes with distinctive white stripes are biting and bugging residents in the Chino Valley.

They are considered invasive because they can potentially carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika and others, said vector officials.

The “Aedes” mosquitoes were first identified in the boundaries of the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District in 2015, and a steady increase in population has been occurring since then, said district manager Michelle Brown.

“This year, we have observed and tracked a significant increase and the phenomenon is occurring throughout southern California,” Dr. Brown said. “The aggressive, day-biting mosquito prefers to blood-feed on human hosts.”

The district includes Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding county areas.

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