The mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, was discovered in another area of Sacramento County, this time in Isleton, this week. This came from a report by the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District on Thursday.
The invasive Aedes aegypti bite during the day and lay eggs just above the waterline in containers that hold relatively little water, such as animal dishes, bird baths, and saucers under flower pots.
Local vector district officials have also reported spotting them at Arden Arcade and Winters.
“With the first detection of the season, we stepped up our ongoing surveillance efforts in both counties. This resulted in additional findings of invasive mosquitoes,” said Gary Goodman, district manager.
These efforts include door-to-door inspections to identify hatchery sites, speak to local residents about preventive measures, and spray against the mosquitoes in the early hours of the morning, Goodman said.
“Once these mosquitoes are established, they can be very difficult to control, especially because they can easily spread from one place to another,” Goodman added. “Because mosquitoes can hatch at different intervals, treatments need to be continued and repeated frequently to ensure populations are suppressed before they can reproduce further. We hope that as the temperatures cool, the mosquito populations will also decrease overall. ”
The Aedes aegypti mosquito can transmit not only the Zika virus, but also yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. However, public health officials have not reported any mosquito-borne transmission of zika, chikungunya, or dengue fever in California.
Babies infected with Zika virus in the womb have developed microcephaly or a small head, according to reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the disease occurs later in pregnancy, there is a risk of premature delivery or miscarriage. It can take up to a year for congenital defects to become apparent in newborns.
Not everyone who gets the Zika virus gets symptoms, and the disease can remain active in semen long after men have recovered from the disease. Consequently, the CDC states that it can be transmitted from men who look healthy.
Both dengue and chikungunya are quite serious illnesses. While chikungunya isn’t fatal, it can cause debilitating bone and joint pain that can last months to years.
Do you want to protect yourself from bites and reduce areas where these pests can multiply? Experts and experts in vector control recommend the following:
▪ Mosquitoes can breed in overflow bowls under flower pots, pet bowls and bird baths, tin cans, tires and other water-containing vessels as small as bottle tops. Regularly clean the garden tools and dispose of the trash.
▪ Remove standing water from your property.
▪ If you need help determining where mosquitoes breed, contact your local vector control district.
▪ Apply repellants with government-approved ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, or IR3535 to your skin or clothing.
▪ When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes.
▪ Check the window and door panes to make sure there are no holes or gaps for a mosquito to get into your home.
Local residents should also be aware that other types of mosquitoes carry and transmit the West Nile virus. The California Department of Health reported that 123 people across the state had symptomatic infections with the disease, including four in Butte, one in El Dorado and one in Placer, one in Sacramento, one in Sutter and two in Yolo Counties.
The West Nile virus can cause high fever, headaches and muscle weakness, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, cramps, and muscle weakness. According to health authorities, at least five people died of West Nile this year.
Sacramento-Yolo District officials noted that their monitoring of the West Nile has almost ended this season as tests have not found new samples of mosquitoes with the disease. As a result, they focus on invasive mosquitoes.
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