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Environmental Health Division Warns About Aggressive, Invasive Mosquito



The San Diego County Department of Health (DEH) warned residents about a new invasive mosquito that aggressively bites their feet and ankles during the day.

Aedes mosquitoes were discovered in San Diego County. [19659003] There are three species, such as Aedes Taegypti, known as the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes notoscriptus, known as the Australian mosquito in the backyard, and Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito.


Photo Credit: Department of Environmental Health

The yellow fever mosquito is prone to bite under the knees, so they are commonly referred to as "biting ankles". All three Aedes invasive mosquitoes bite aggressively both indoors and outdoors.

Aedes mosquitoes can transmit Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, but there have been no recent cases of these viruses being transmitted locally to California, DEH said.

This map shows the total number of invasive hail finds since January 1. 16, 2019

Photo Credit: Department of Environmental Health

Aedes mosquitoes are not native to California, but they have been found breeding in the smallest amounts of water around and inside homes, the San Diego County Vector Management Program (VCP) said.

"Well, they" are really annoying because they prefer to breed into things that we, as humans, provide them, "says Greg Slavson, a senior vector ecologist at San Diego County.

The county has asked San Diego discard any small pools of water to prevent reproduction, as Aedes mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in small containers, and so they ask to observe pools of water in plant dishes, discarded tires, buckets, watering cans and vases. for flowers that hold water inside and outside the home.

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"You can throw a rock in any direction and anywhere in this area is where they breed," Slauson explained.

The city can't cover with sprinklers. neighborhoods, as West Nile mosquitoes do. The only protection is for the county to consider clearing water pools in their property, explained VCP.

"He currently has 14 bug bites on his back and got them all at once." said Niki Robbins about her young child. "I can usually get away with a two-ounce bottle all season for mosquitoes. I just bought a 32-ounce bottle.

How to prepare for the mosquito season in San Diego   How to prepare for the mosquito season in San Diego

The county also asked residents to report any mosquito bites received during the day.

The Disease Control Center has a list of approved repellents, some with and without DEET.


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