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More Mosquitoes Out Because Of Warm Temps

Photo by Jack Kelly Clark/UC Mosquito Research Program
 

Photo by Jack Kelly Clark/UC Mosquito Research Program

Sacramento area pest control officials say the number of people complaining about mosquitos is on the rise.

"Out of all the calls that we get throughout the day, a good 80 to 90 percent are regarding these particular mosquitoes," says Ada Barros-Heiser with the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District in Roseville.

She points out that mosquitos typically hibernate in the winter and wake up in the spring.

"However, this year it's been warm and dry and they've been tricked out of coming out of hibernation and now they're seeking blood-meals, they're trying to get into people's homes," explains Barros-Heiser. "We're hoping that the forecasted rain will help provide some relief."

She says this particular species of mosquito is known as anopheles. "They are not known vectors for any diseases that we currently have in Placer County or in the Sacramento region."

That means they don't transmit the West Nile virus. However, their bites can cause itchier bumps and bigger welts. Barros-Heiser recommends using a mosquito repellent and limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk.

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