MULTIPLE DETECTIONS OF THE INVASIVE MOSQUITO AEDES AEGYPTI IN FIREBAUGH
FIREBAUGH, CALIFORNIA – The Fresno Westside Mosquito Abatement District has detected an actively breeding population of the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in the city of Firebaugh. The aggressive day-biting mosquito is a persistent pest wherever it establishes and poses a potential health risk due to its role in transmitting viruses such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. First detected in 2013 in Madera and Clovis, the mosquito has since spread throughout Fresno County. While there have been sporadic detections within the district’s boundaries over the last couple years, the observation of immature Aedes aegypti is the first indication of a locally-breeding population in the area. Vector control technicians are undertaking comprehensive inspections of the surrounding areas and will continue to treat or remove any sources found. We ask that residents assist this process by providing access to their property as well as actively eliminating any potential sources of standing water. As part of the control and eradication efforts, technicians may be making Ultra Low Volume applications of public health pesticides by backpack and truck. Aedes aegypti is a small, black and white mosquito that will bite throughout the day both outdoors and within the home. If you suspect the mosquito may be present at your home we ask that you contact the district at (559) 659-2437 or request service at www.fresnowestmosquito.com.
Additional Information on Aedes aegypti, including control measures and personal protection, can be found at http://fresnowestmosquito.com/portfolio/invasive-mosquitoes/
California Department of Public Health: Invasive Aedes information: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Aedes-aegypti-and-Aedes-albopictus-mosquitoes.aspx
Conlin Reis, Manager
Fresno Westside Mosquito