Asian tiger mosquito present in Redding

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Ethan Hanson
Redding Record Searchlight

Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 1:46 am EDT

A second invasive species of mosquito was first spotted in Shasta County, the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District said Wednesday.

Asian tiger mosquito larvae were found in stagnant water in a Redding neighborhood near Highway 273 / Market Street and north of Lake Boulevard.

The California Department of Health confirmed evidence of the invasive species in the county.

The Mosquito and Vector Control District found a yellow fever mosquito on August 14th. This insect was also in the same area as the Asian tiger mosquito.

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“The concern with this find is the continued expansion of the initial scope,” said Bonkrude.

The two species of mosquito were found in other areas of California, but never in Shasta County. The northernmost point where the Asian tiger mosquito was found was Los Angeles County.

The two insects have the potential to transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and zika, which are not known to be transmitted by mosquitoes native to the area.

Bonkrude explained that in Redding, these new mosquitos like to breed in small bodies of water, which can range from liquid in bottles to stagnant water in a potted plant.

“Anything that water can hold for up to 3-5 days is a potential breeding ground,” said Bonkrude.

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Bonkrude encourages residents who find larvae in the water near their homes to contact SMVCD at 530-365-3768 or contact@shastamosquito.org.

“The mosquitoes lay their eggs on the high watermark of this container and the eggs can stay dry for months or even years,” said Bonrkrude. “If water comes back into that container, those eggs will hatch and we will get these mosquitoes infected again. We need to refurbish and scrub this container again to prevent this reinfection.”

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To prevent the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito:

  • Examine the yards for stagnant water sources and drain water that collects under potted plants, in bird baths, discarded tires, and wherever water accumulates.
  • Check your rain gutters and lawn drains to make sure they are free of water and debris.
  • Check and clean any new containers you take home that might contain water. Eggs can remain viable for months in dry conditions.

Ethan Hanson began working as a freelancer at Redding Record Searchlight after four years with the Los Angeles Daily News. His coverage includes participating in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in South Bend, Indiana and writing about the St. Louis Rams moving to Los Angeles with the Ventura County star. From 2011 to 2017, he began his career as a play-by-play broadcaster for LA Pierce College. Follow him on Twitter at @EthanAHanson_RS. This coverage is only possible with your support. Sign up for a subscription today!

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