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Aedes aegypti mosquito detected in Solano County; help prevent the transmission of vector-borne diseases
September 21, 2023
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health division, in coordination with the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District (SCMAD), have confirmed detection of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Solano County. This invasive mosquito was first detected on September 11, 2023 in Dixon.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not native to California and typically live in tropical, subtropical and in some temperate climates. This mosquito can spread diseases such as Zika, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and other viruses. They are small, dark mosquitos with white markings and banded legs. Because these mosquitos live near and prefer to feed on people, they are more likely to spread these viruses than other types of mosquitos. The mosquito may be active around dusk and dawn but bites most often during the day and often bites indoors.
“We are continuing to conduct surveillance throughout the area, and we plan to do everything we can to eradicate this mosquito to protect our residents from the potential disease risk of this invasive mosquito,” says Richard Snyder, Solano County Mosquito Abatement District Manager.
STEPS TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK
Early detection provides the best chance at eradication. Residents should eliminate all sources of standing water on their property to control the species, including flowerpots, spare tires, untreated swimming pools and drainage ditches, which are common breeding sources of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. For additional tips visit https://www.SolanoMosquito.com/Prevention. Any unmaintained swimming pools and stagnant water should be reported by calling the SCMAD at (707) 437-1116.