June 26, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Two new invasive mosquito species found in
are making it more difficult for mosquito control districts to protect the public from the biting insects. At the same time, counties in nearly every region of the state are reporting West Nile virus activity, including the first confirmed fatality as well as both mosquitoes and birds testing positive for the disease. "Now more than ever, it is imperative for everyone to protect themselves against mosquitoes," said
, executive director of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of
(MVCAC). "Everyone needs to recognize that all it takes is the bite of a single infected mosquito for a person to become seriously ill," added Smith.
The detection of
(the yellow fever mosquito) in
counties this month is complicating mosquito control efforts and makes public cooperation a critical component to eradicating the yellow fever mosquito. This mosquito is not native to
and is an efficient carrier of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.
is a small, dark mosquito with white markings and banded legs. It may be active around dusk but bites most often during the day and readily enters homes for shelter and to bite people.
(the Asian tiger mosquito) as a new vector and public health threat in California. Just two years ago, the Asian tiger mosquito was found in the cities of
South El Monte
in Los Angeles County. The day-biting Asian tiger mosquito is characterized by its small size and the black and white stripes across its body and legs. This mosquito also can transmit various vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
mosquito control agencies have been working aggressively to control and eradicate this invasive species.
These new vector challenges to public health in
coincide with a national effort to raise awareness about mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared this week as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Since 1935, the AMCA, an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals, has been dedicated to preserving the public's health and well-being through safe and environmentally sound mosquito control programs.
AMCA and MVCAC ask that all Californians:
The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California is a nonprofit association with a mission to provide quality public information, comprehensive mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance, training to high professional standards and effective legislative advocacy on behalf of California mosquito and vector control districts.
- Drain any standing water where mosquitoes could lay their eggs
- Empty and/or discard containers that hold water, including old tires
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present
- Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside
- Defend against mosquitoes by using DEET or other EPA-registered repellents
- Be sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home
SOURCE Mosquito and Vector Control Association of