Warm weather brings mosquitoes


Temperatures are warming and many farms and orchards have begun irrigation.
Kings Mosquito Abatement District manager Michael Cavanagh says this is the time of year they see a sharp increase in mosquito populations, although not the same types of mosquitoes as in the past. “People have to realize that there’s going to be day-biting mosquitoes that are going to be in residential areas that they’re going to have to contend with.”

Bites from the aedes aegypti mosquito — still new to our area — can spread deadly diseases like the Zika Virus, Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever.

However, Cavanagh explains this year there are also several factors may help control mosquitoes.

“It’s not a flood type of year like it was last year so we’re looking at a snowpack that’s a little bit below average so it should be a little bit of an easier year for most control standpoints.”

Verily, the biotech company created by Google, is once again releasing sterile non-biting male mosquitoes in areas of Fresno. 
They say last year’s inaugural study reduced to one-third the number of female Aedes aegypti – the ones that do bite and can spread disease.

This year, there’s also more public awareness.
Cavanagh says, “If you get mosquito bites, tell us if there’s if there’s a problem because those adult mosquitoes, while they’re also biting people and they’re also going out and laying eggs and creating more of a problem.”

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California provides this map and links to local districts.

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