Mosquitoes awaken from winter slumber in Solano County

From the Times-Herald News
February 6, 2018

The rain has stopped and the sun is out and that means the slightly warmer weather has pulled hibernating mosquitoes out from their slumber.

“This is a typical trend that we see every year in February when we get a few days of sunny and warm weather,” said Gary Goodman, manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. “These mosquitoes are ones that had been hibernating during the past few months.”

Not to worry, however, these mosquitoes aren’t the kind that are carrying the West Nile virus, according to Richard Snyder, Solano County Mosquito Abatement District manager.

“Yes, some are coming out now, but temperatures have to be a lot hotter for West Nile,” he said and added that the West Nile season is typically around May.

The mosquitoes out and about right now are more of a nuisance.

The Solano County Mosquito Abatement District is responsible for monitoring all of Solano County’s 904 square miles, which includes 21 different species of mosquitoes.

Tuesday, crews were in Vallejo trapping and spraying in the tidal marsh and Mare Island.

While the official start of spring is still more than a month away, the warming trend this week is causing more of mosquito larvae to mature into biting insects.

Even more mosquitoes are expected when pastures are irrigated.

Since there hasn’t been a lot of rain, there aren’t as many fresh water sources for mosquitoes to breed, however, Snyder said the rainy season isn’t over.

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