Worsening Mosquito Situation in Orange County


Two invasive species of mosquito are rapidly taking over southern California. This year alone, the area covered by populations of yellow fever mosquitoes and Asian tiger mosquitoes has quadrupled. The good news is that so far, all captured mosquitoes in the area have tested negative for infectious diseases. The bad news is that that disease status could change very easily; if one person with yellow fever or Zika were to arrive in Orange County, the virus could then spread and cause a major outbreak.

Another bit of bad news is that the mosquitoes can be dangerous even without being disease carriers. These two species are known to be very aggressive, and there have already been hospitalizations due to people being attacked by droves of the insects.

One man, Raul Ramos of Orange County, nearly died after being ambushed by more than fifty mosquitoes. He was in the hospital for several days and now cautions others to heed the mosquito warning signs that have been put up in many California neighborhoods. Unlike many species of mosquitoes, these attack even in broad daylight.

Experts are urging residents of Orange County to take several measures to prevent the mosquito populations from increasing. The main thing to keep in mind is that mosquitoes breed in still water. They don't need much water at all; a small bowl of water left out for a pet could produce thousands of mosquito offspring. Even excess water left in plant pots can become a breeding ground.

Residents are also being told to dress in long pants and long-sleeved shirts despite the California heat. They should also wear insect repellant on all exposed bits of skin. In order to combat this mosquito population problem, there are neighborhood inspections going on to make sure everyone's houses and yards are as safe as possible.