‘Aggressive,’ non-native mosquitoes invade San Jose


Two invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes had been lately trapped in San Jose, marking the primary time the “aggressive” species has been detected in Santa Clara County, officers mentioned Monday

The district is taking an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to eradicating the blood-sucking bugs, which may transmit a number of illnesses, together with dengue, chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever, though not one of the viruses they carry have ever been transmitted in California, in keeping with a county press launch. The California Division of Public Well being is testing the 2 mosquitoes for an infection. Whereas A. aegypti don’t fly removed from the place they hatch — lower than 500 toes — they’re pugnacious, chew in any respect hours of the day and like people over animals. 

“We take this menace critically and are doing the whole lot we will to make sure A. aegypti doesn’t develop into established in Santa Clara County,” Edgar Nolasco, director of the County’s Shopper and Environmental Safety Company, mentioned within the information launch. “We ask the general public to assist by eradicating standing water on their properties and encourage residents to guard themselves from mosquito bites.” 

The species, which possible originated in sub-Saharan Africa and may now be discovered in lots of tropical and subtropical climates, has been detected in not less than 20 California counties, in keeping with the state’s division of public well being

“We knew they’d make their method to the Bay Space ultimately as a result of local weather change rising temperatures in addition to their choice for laying eggs in containers,” Nolasco wrote in an electronic mail to SFGATE. “The District had applied strategic plans in anticipation of the invasive mosquito coming into our county.”

Vegetation like bamboo and bromeliads — in addition to on a regular basis objects like automobile tires — may help carry the inhabitants throughout county traces, in keeping with Nolasco. “They’re additionally able to following people into their vehicles, permitting vacationers to probably carry them again,” he wrote.

Ever because the striped black-and-white mosquitos had been found in San Jose, close to the intersection of Dixon Touchdown Street and McCarthy Boulevard, the district has been carefully monitoring the scenario, in addition to laying traps for adults and eradicating their eggs. 

To forestall the inhabitants from rising, officers are imploring Santa Clara County residents to dump out even the smallest containers with stagnant water, comparable to buckets, pet dishes and chook baths. As soon as a mosquito lays eggs in these containers, they will survive for a yr with out water. 

“Mosquito and vector management are a neighborhood effort,” Nolasco wrote to SFGATE. “As soon as this mosquito is established, this can be very arduous to do away with.”

Santa Clara County residents experiencing mosquito bites through the day ought to report them instantly to the Vector Management District at (408) 918-4770 or [email protected]

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