The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is urging residents to report tiny black and white, day-biting mosquitoes. On April 21, OCMVCD responded to complaints of day-biting mosquitoes in Anaheim. A thorough investigation was conducted and the presence of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) was confirmed. The yellow fever mosquito can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever.
The yellow fever mosquito is recognizable by its bright silver lyre-shaped marking and white banded legs. They can live both indoors and outdoors, and primarily bite humans. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in small artificial or natural containers that hold water around the home such as indoor plants, vases and flower pots, or tree cavities.
Aedes aegypti is not native to Orange County. This tropical and subtropical mosquito now found worldwide was first identified in California’s central valley and central coast in June of 2013, and last year in Los Angeles County. No other yellow fever mosquitoes have been discovered in the surrounding neighborhood.
For more information, please contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 714.971.2421 or 949.654.2421, or visit www.ocvcd.org.