Mosquitoes can carry terrible diseases including malaria, dengue fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, yellow fever, chikungunya virus, Zika virus, West Nile virus, Lymphatic filariasis, and Japanese encephalitis. While some of these viruses are treatable, some can be deadly.
So far this year there have been only three people who have tested positive for West Nile, in Kern, Kings, and Los Angeles counties. But mosquitoes carrying the disease have been detected in many California counties.
The heavy rains along with snowpack this past winter filled up our reservoirs, but brought flooding throughout California. All that wet weather also left behind standing water, which can result in havens for mosquito breeding.
Now that high temperatures are here, the stage is set for lots of mosquito activity. Mosquitoes thrive in warmer temperatures and are able to reproduce faster in these conditions. … continue reading »