SJ mosquito district warns against standing water

April 26, 2018

STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District is asking the public to be aware of standing water around their property because it can increase the prevalence of mosquitoes.

“For mosquitoes, any standing water in large containers to plastic bottle caps is suitable for mosquito development,” district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi said in a statement. “As temperatures increase with intermittent rains, mosquito populations will begin to thrive. The District is asking people to diligently remove any standing water on a weekly basis. In addition, we are asking that daytime biting mosquitoes be reported to the District.”

Two invasive Aedes mosquito species are moving their way through California. Aedes aegypti (commonly called the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (known as the Asian tiger mosquito) are potential carriers of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika.

Yellow fever mosquitoes are found mostly in Southern and Central areas of California and were found in September in Merced County.

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