Mosquito storm hammered Ventura County, dangerous Aedes invaders not found

From VC Star
September 5, 2018

Invasive, potentially dangerous species of mosquitoes biting ankles and spreading concern across Southern California have not been identified in Ventura County. Yet.

Traps for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been set in areas including Westlake Village, Newbury Park and CSU Channel Islands near Camarillo, said Cary Svoboda, vector ecologist with Ventura County Environmental Health Department.

But the efforts have not brought confirmation of the species known for aggressive day-biting on lower extremities and a potential to carry imported diseases ranging from Zika to yellow fever, he said.

A torrent of day-biting mosquito activity in August is attributed to a different species — salt marsh mosquitoes from the Point Mugu area that were carried by the wind as far as Newbury Park. Now tapering off at least temporarily, the mosquitoes are aggressive biters but don’t transmit disease, Svoboda said.

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