By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Two new mosquito species have been identified in California recently. The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been found in Los Angeles County, and the Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti) has been found in Fresno and Madera Counties. The Asian Tiger Mosquito has the capacity to transmit diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and Chikungunya fever, as well as several filarial nematodes. As its name suggests, the Yellow Fever Mosquito can carry yellow fever as well as other diseases including dengue and Chikungunya fever.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito and Yellow Fever Mosquito differ from the other mosquito species we see in San Bernardino County because they bite during the daytime. Most mosquitos in San Bernardino County bite at dawn and dusk. If you are being bit by mosquitos during the day, please call our Mosquito & Vector Control Program at (800) 442-2283 to report this to us. Your calls will be very helpful to our surveillance efforts. We will investigate all complaints of daytime-biting mosquitos within 24 hours of receiving the complaint.