There are two different invasive Aedes mosquito species moving their way through California. Aedes aegypti commonly called the yellow fever mosquito and Aedes albopictus, commonly called the Asian tiger mosquito, are potential carriers of mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika.
With April 15 through 21 observed as Mosquito Awareness Week in California, officials are reminding residents to take care to protect against West Nile and other illnesses that can be caused by mosquitoes.
West Nile virus is endemic to most of California. Protect yourself from mosquito bites and reduce your risk of WNV infection and other mosquito-transmitted diseases by taking these precautions:
Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.
Apply insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET or Picaridin when outdoors, according to label instructions.
Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk, and especially for the first two hours after sunset.
When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing.
Exclude mosquitoes from your home with tight fitting screens on doors and windows.