Invasive Mosquitoes Pose New Threat to South Pasadena

From the South Pasadenan
June 21, 2019

Mosquitoes — one of the natural banes of our existence. We’re all familiar with the tickle, the itch, the scratching, the pleasant outdoor evenings given up because their bites are getting to be too much to handle.

But now, it’s not just during the cooler dusky hours of summer that South Pasadenans are vulnerable to mosquitoes. With two new invasive species establishing themselves in our area, mosquito season is 24/7.

On June 11 the San Gabriel Valley Vector & Mosquito Control District put on a workshop, “South Pasadena Bites Back!”, at the Library Community Room to educate the public about the new health threats we could be facing.

“It used to be that we had a mosquito season that runs from April through maybe August, but now we’re seeing mosquito season turn into a year-round issue,” said Levy Sun, Public Information Officer at the Control District.

“Temperatures are higher for a longer period of time, and we’re also seeing more high temperatures following rain events. And when rain hits the cities, they find all sorts of sources in people’s back yards, and when the high temperatures come in, the mosquitos are ready to lay their eggs.”

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