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.