Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) has been detected in the County of San Diego. This mosquito is not native to California and can transmit the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. There have been no recent cases of these viruses being transmitted locally in California.
Aedes aegypti is a, dark mosquito with white stripes on its legs and back. It is an aggressive biter both indoors and outdoors, especially during the day. It prefers to lay its eggs in small containers like plant saucers, discarded tires, buckets, and watering cans that can hold water (whether they are indoors or outdoors). Aedes aegypti eggs can survive without water for up to several months.
You can help!
1. Prevent mosquito breeding sites:
- Every week, dump out and clean containers holding water (indoors as well as outdoors)
- Fill plant saucers with sand or fine gravel so that pools of water do not form
2. Protect yourself:
- Put screens on windows and doors
- Apply repellent containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR3535
- Wear long sleeves and pants
3. Report possible Aedes aegypti activity:
- Mosquito bites received during the day
- Mosquitoes matching the description above (email photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Online Reporting Form