OROVILLE, Calif. – The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District detected an invasive (non-native) species of mosquito on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The Aedes aegypti, commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito, was found in west Oroville, in the area of Oroville Dam Boulevard and Feather River Boulevard. The California Department of Public Health confirmed the invasive species detection.
“The District is working to evaluate the extent of the infestation and we plan to do everything we can to eradicate this mosquito and to protect our residents from the potential disease risk of these invasive mosquitoes,” said Matt Ball, District Manager. “Our goal is to control and eliminate this species of mosquito so that it does not become established in our community.
The District utilizes a science-based, data-driven approach to mosquito control. This Integrated Vector Management approach will include immature surveillance and control that includes door to door inspections, as well as adult surveillance and control, which will include ultra-low volume spraying, barrier treatments and a variety of live mosquito trapping.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been detected previously in Chico, and other areas of California, but never in Oroville.
Aedes aegypti have the potential to transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, that are not known to be transmitted by Butte County’s native mosquitoes.
The public plays a critical role in helping to control the spread of this mosquito population. “Aedes aegypti love to breed in small water-holding containers and prefer being in and around our homes. A breeding ground for this mosquito can be as small as a water bottle cap. Eliminating all standing water regardless of size is essential to effective control,” says Matt Ball.
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