Ankle biter mosquito breeding on the rise throughout Southern California – KABC-TV

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC)– The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeing a greater number of “ankle biter” mosquitoes this summer.Lora Young, the director of communications for OCMVCD, said these pesky bugs are primarily noticeable since theyre the ones triggering pain throughout Southern California. Theyre a very aggressive day-biting mosquito and they choose to bite people where our other mosquitoes choose to bite birds,” Young said.Young stated numbers for the southern house mosquito – thats the one able to carry West Nile Virus – are trending about average when compared to the last 5 years.So far, there are no reports of West Nile Virus in O.C. this season, however the L.A. County Department of Public Health reported its very first human case last Tuesday.RELATED: Invasive types of mosquito that transmits numerous illness spotted in Ventura CountyThe Aedes, or ankle biters, likewise known as container breeders, are reproducing more than ever.Young said its due to the fact that theyre invasive.Their entry into the U.S. was traced back to a shipping container in 2015, and since theyre not native here, they truly dont have any natural predators to manage them.”We call them container breeders because they choose to reproduce in small containers, lawn drains pipes, flower pot dishes, any plant holding water, like bromeliads, fortunate bamboo – things like that,” Young said.Staff with the firm puts out more than a 100 traps a week throughout the county to track the number of mosquitoes and evaluate them for diseases.Anyone who feels theres a problem on their property can call vector control.
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