Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Discovered in Orange County
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is urging residents to report tiny black and white, day-biting mosquitoes. On April 21st, OCMVCD responded to complaints of day biting mosquitoes in the City of Anaheim. A thorough investigation was conducted and the presence of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) was confirmed. The yellow fever mosquito can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
The yellow fever mosquito is recognizable by its bright silver lyre-shaped marking and white banded legs. They can live both indoors and outdoors, and primarily bite humans. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in small artificial or natural containers that hold water around the home such as indoor plants, vases and flower pots, or tree cavities.
Orange County, OCMVCD is calling upon all residents to do their part by following these steps:
• Report any sightings of small, black-and-white mosquitoes, or if you are being bitten by mosquitoes during the day. Please call (714) 971-2421 or (949) 654-2421.
• Dump and drain all stagnant water around your home. Eliminate plant saucers and other unnecessary containers that could be a possible breeding source.
• Clean and scrub bird baths and pet-watering dishes weekly and dump the water from overflow dishes under potted plants and flower pots.
• Do not transport or share plant stems rooted in water.
• Be sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
• Use insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET®, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus to avoid bites.
For more information, please contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at (714) 971-2421 or (949) 654-2421, or http://www.ocvcd.org/