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Warmer Weather Means Mosquitoes are Breeding

What to do to avoid illness and keep the pests away from you and your home.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 7:09 AM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 9:37 AM

Chico Calif.-- Warmer weather following a lot of rainfall just last week unfortunately makes for ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

So if you're heading outdoors, long sleeves and repellants, especially the ones with DEET, will go a long way to help you avoid mosquito bites.

Doug Weseman at Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control says that it's the time of year that the West Nile carriers are the most prevalent.

"We're concerned with the Culex species because they winter early and set up their colonies early in season so the Cules Tarsales and Pipiens are the ones we're concerned about right now," said Weseman.

As spring progresses we'll start to see another type of mosquito - the Anopheles - but those ones are just pests in this region; they do carry Malaria, but there are no cases present in the North State.

Last year we did have a case of Saint Louis Encephalitis in Southern Butte County - that's carried by that same Culex mosquito that carries West Nile.

Avoid mosquito breeding at your home by getting rid of standing water, clean your pool and change your pets' water bowls out frequently.

To find out more information about mosquitos and warming trends read this.

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You're going to want to take advantage of the dry and nice weather ahead for today. A big drop in temperatures, rain, and snow are all on the way in your weekend forecast.
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