Local scientists have warned San Diegans to remove its mosquito repellent.
Phyllis Delamater was sitting outside enjoying the sunshine in August afternoon when he noticed many more mosquitoes this year.
"I got about 11 bites one night
Scientists say she's not alone. According to Chris Conlan, a vector vector ecologist for Chris Conlan County, several new mosquito species are emerging
. "The reason we are concerned about these new invasive species is that they have the ability to transmit things like Zika or the dengue virus. These are the things you would normally associate with a tropical trip, "Conlan said.
These new mosquitoes are smaller than native mosquitoes. , and Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, though very few, were found in San Diego County.
Yellow cod mosquitoes tend to bite under their knees, so they are commonly referred to as ankle bites. Aedes invasive mosquitoes bite aggressively.
These mosquitoes are not native to Ka and can transmit viruses that cause Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
But there are no recent cases of these viruses being transmitted locally in California, according to the California Public Health Service
kind of unique is that they are active throughout the day, even in daylight if it is not very hot. They are very good at growing in small containers that are common in people's backyards, "says Conlan.
Conlan says the key to reducing mosquitoes is to get rid of any standing water in your yard. He added that even the smallest amount can create a breeding ground.
Environmental health in the county also has mosquito-feeding fish available for free and continues to spray areas where appropriate to reduce mosquito populations.
As these new pests emerge, Conlan says that this summer the West Nile virus, which can be infected by a mosquito bite, remains a health concern.
In addition to removing stagnant water, experts suggest preventing mosquito bites by carrying mosquitoes when you have the
Disease Control Center have a list of approved repellents, some with and without DEET.