The California Department of Public Health announced earlier this summer that two invasive mosquito species have recently been discovered in several California cities, primarily in the Southern, coastal regions. These types of newfound mosquitoes, the Aedes aegypti, or the yellow fever mosquito, and the Aedes albopictus, or the Asian tiger mosquito are originally from Asia. They likely made their way to the continental US via a container ship and now pose a threat to California residents.
Each species have the potential to transmit several viruses, including dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus, and yellow fever. While none of these diseases are currently known to be transmitted here in California, you may have heard of their prominence and danger while traveling overseas. They affect people in several other parts of the world, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and Asia. Now that these particular mosquitoes have made it to our shores, there is potential that they could threaten our wellbeing as well.
Both types of Aedes mosquitoes are known to favor ankles and will attack multiple times at once. They are also distinguished by the time in which they are active. These blood-sucking insects don’t wait until dusk to feast. They’ll bite in the middle of the day with little preference for the time in which they feed. Both of these characteristics differ from the nature of California-native mosquitoes. You can also notice a difference in these foreign bugs by their coloring. Look for small black mosquitoes with white stripes on their body and legs.
Fending off mosquitoes:
So, what can be done to protect oneself in a mosquito-ridden summer? There are several ways to reduce their prominence and avoid bites. However, this takes a bit of planning. Be sure to implement the following for your best chance at staying healthy and itch-free!
- Get rid of all sources of standing water. According to the LA County Vector Control, a swimming pool can leave you with more than 10,000 mosquitoes each week without treatment. But it doesn’t take an entire swimming pool to initiate breeding. Even small amounts will suffice for a population boom.
- Use insect repellent. This will help deter these annoying bugs from attacking, no matter where you are. Look for ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, and IR3535 for the best results.
- Keep screens and doors closed, especially at dawn and dusk, to ensure that mosquitoes stay outside. While they are still troublesome outside, they are made far worse when they make their way indoors.
Mosquitoes are never welcomed at your summer barbeques or pool party celebrations. So implement every form of defense against their nuisance. And when you’ve tried every strategy and find that they still persist, call on us at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control. We are here to restore the joy of summer and comfort of your home!