ARDEN-ARCADE (CBS13) – A pandemic, historic fire season, and now disease-causing mosquitoes that can spread the Zika virus. Mosquitoes become more than just a nuisance in the Arden Arcade area.
In the past two weeks, Martie Nolan has spotted at least 14 bites that have left their mark.
“I got bites in my legs just by going outside to take out the trash,” Nolan said. “I’m still a little scared because you never know.”
Nolan’s family is one of the dozen in their Arden Arcade neighborhood who have visited Sacramento Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control to warn of an invasive mosquito in the area that can transmit Zika and other dangerous diseases.
“Dengue fever and chikungunya cause different symptoms, including fever, headache, fatigue and joint pain,” said Luz Marie Robles, information officer for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District.
According to Vector Control, the mosquito Aedes aegypti does not come from California. It is described as an aggressive mosquito that prefers to bite people during the day. These mosquitoes are small, dark, and lay eggs over water in small man-made containers such as flower pots, pet dishes, bird baths, and other small containers commonly found in backyards.
Vector control goes door-to-door in certain areas, setting traps and spraying to kill the mosquitoes that are most popular during the day.
“It is worrying that they are carrying the virus because there are many complications associated with them,” said Sharyn Nolan.
The mosquitoes have been spotted as far north as Shasta County. The insect has been spotted across our region from Butte to Stanislaus County. Once the mosquitoes settled in an area, Robles said it was very difficult to get rid of.
“A bottle cap of water is enough to breed these mosquitoes. What they do different is that they lay their eggs on the rim of containers and their eggs can survive in dry form for months, ”she said.
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Arden Arcade and Winters are the biggest mosquito hotspots in the Sacramento and Yolo area. Isleton is the newest area to see the invasive mosquito in its area.
“It sounds typical for 2020. It’s kind of scary. I didn’t know they were around, ”said Brian Anafenson, a resident of Arden-Arcade.
It’s not the only mosquito in our area that San Joaquin County confirms the first human case of the St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in nearly 50 years. Officials say the person infected with St. Louis encephalitis is fine and is recovering at home.
The virus brings along flu-like symptoms, but can be dangerous to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
“It’s a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the mosquitoes were infected by birds,” said Veronica Pehl, director of the San Joaquin Disease Control and Prevention Unit.