Mosquitoes in February

 

Feeling like the battle of the mosquito has come a bit too early? The Colusa Mosquito Abatement District has an answer to the common question asked these last few weeks.

“The mosquito, Anopheles freeborni, a spring and fall mosquito, becomes very hungry after months of hibernation, and will emerge for short periods of time and take a blood meal,” said Dave Whitesell, Colusa Mosquito Abatement District Manager.

Whitesell added that the mosquito will usually appear when the temperature reaches about 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

“These types of mosquitoes do not multiply this time of year. Instead, they feed and return to their hibernation shelters,” said Whitesell.

Due to the short activity time of this mosquito, weather conditions and accessibility to target the area hinder the district from control at this time of the year.

“After a period of warm days, this mosquito life cycle will come to an end,” said Whitesell. “In the late summer and fall months, this mosquito will be controlled with the District-wide spray program. At this time, people are recommended to protect themselves using appropriate repellents and wearing long sleeve shirts and pants during dawn and dusk periods.”

Whitesell added that the Anopheles freeborni mosquito is not a common carrier of the encephalitis or West Nile viruses. ■

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