February 11, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
Higher daytime temperatures are leading to an increase in mosquitoes seeking to draw the season’s first blood meals in the Sacramento region.
“What we have right now are adult mosquitoes that have been hunkering down during winter months in area rice fields,” said Luz Robles, a Sac-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control spokeswoman.
The specific type of mosquitoes increasing in activity are adults in the Anopheles freeborni genus. These mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile virus and are not a coronavirus threat, said Robles.
This species can travel as many as 10 miles away from winter hideouts.