California, watch out for yellow fever mosquitos

A white polka-dotted bug that has the potential to bite during the day and can lay its eggs in less than a teaspoon of water has been spotted in Central California according to vector control agents.

The yellow fever mosquito, or aedes aegypti, has the ability to carry dengue and yellow fever and has been found so far in Clovis, Fowler, and in the city of Fresno.

Fortunately, none of the mosquitos have made it to Los Angeles, but vector control agents are constantly trapping mosquitos to look for any invading species.

Signs that you have been bitter by a yellow fever mosquito include: chills, fever, nausea, headaches and back-pain. Dengue has the ability to cause muscle and head aches, and a rash similar to the measles. Both have been proven fatal.

With winter coming, the temperatures will drop and will hopefully freeze the eggs and kill the bug. According to Leonard Irby, district manager of Madera’s abatement program, “This affects all of California, It requires everyone’s help: Turn over plant saucers, wash out dog bowls, remember this mosquito can lay eggs even in the cracks of cement if water is left there for a couple of days.”

The mosquito has been around for quite sometime, but this is believed to be the first time it has reached the west coast.