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The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control Districtannounced the second local discovery ofan invasive mosquito species known for being able to transmit Zika.
In a news release, the district said the invasive mosquito, Aedes aegypti, was found north of Antelope Road and west of Interstate 80. An initial finding was announced on Aug. 29 in the area north of Rusch Park.
“We don’t know how long these mosquitoes have been in the area, but we are moving quickly and dedicating a significant amount of time and resources to find them and limit their expansion,” said District Manager Gary Goodman.
The district is continuing aggressive ground spraying of large areas of Citrus Heights to mitigate health concerns with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can transmit serious diseases including Zika, dengue fever and chikungunya.
After the mosquitoes are established in any given area, they are extremely difficult to control, which is why residents are urged to notify the district if they find the species living near their homes.
Officials say the invasive mosquitoes are more aggressive than other types, and are known to bite during the day, rather than only at dawn or dusk.
If bitten during the day, residents are asked to report the mosquitoes by calling (800) 429-1022 or by requesting service online atwww.FIGHTtheBITE.net.
Residents are also asked to be vigilant about water in their yards, making sure no stagnant water is left outside. The district is also conducting door-to-door inspections to help identify and control the spread of the mosquitoes.
Those interested in learning more can find additional information on theMosquito and Vector Control District website.
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