BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District held a press conference and Public Service Announcement with concern to the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the problems this pest is creating in and around area homes.
Several residents of Kern County are experiencing the wrath of a very aggressive day-biting mosquito that is small and elusive. This new urbanized mosquito may bite a person 6 or 7 times, typically below the knee and behind the elbow to obtain her blood meal.
Terry Knight of the Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District explained there are small steps people can take to help prevent mosquito population growth.
Aedes aegypti mosquito can transmit Zika virus, Yellow Fever, Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus, though these viruses have not been detected in Kern County.
Knight reminded the public that mosquitos are drawn to water, and simply limiting excess water surfaces near your home can help reduce your mosquito population. This includes trash bins, water drainage areas, planters and fountains.