Water, pools the biggest source of West Nile mosquitoes

June 28, 2018

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Mosquito season is in full swing. Experts at Mosquito and Vector Control say they’re trapping more mosquitoes this year compared to last.

“Swimming pools have turned into the biggest source and problem we have in urban areas,” said Gene Abbott, the district manager at Kern Mosquito and Vector Control.

Vector Control monitors and eradicates mosquito breeding from bodies of water around the county–for free. They say mosquitos only need one teaspoon of water to breed.

“It’ll breed in anything from a saucer of water to an open septic tank. they’re really not picky about the quality of water,” Abbott said.

More importantly than the itch mosquitoes cause, Kern Public Health says the Culex mosquito, which carries the West Nile Virus, is quite common locally.

According to Public Health, Kern County had 30 cases of West Nile Virus in 2017, with one death. They say there have been two cases so far in 2018.

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