There is no more rain and it is time for the sun to come out in Solano County. This results to a weather that is slightly warmer than before and therefore mosquitoes peacefully hibernation are now slowly out for a hunt. This is the time when homeowners are advised to take out their mosquito electric repellent to make sure the insect does not stay inside the house.
According to Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District’s manager, Gary Goodman, this is a yearly trend that is occurring every February. During this time, there are a few sunny days and the weather is warmer than before. The mosquitoes that are coming out are the same ones that have been in hibernation for the last months.
The manager of Solano County Mosquito Abatement District, Richard Snyder, said that there is nothing to worry about because these mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile virus. He explained that the number of mosquitoes has definitely increased by West Nile carrying mosquitoes go out when the temperature is warmer compared to the current one. They are usually coming out during the month of May.
The mosquitoes that are currently roaming around are considered to be just plain nuisance for humans.
Solano County which spans 904 square miles is under the monitoring of the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District. The county was recorded to have 21 types of mosquito species.
A few days ago, the crews were seen in Mare Island as well as near the tidal marsh in Vallejo where they are trapping the mosquitoes and spraying them.
Spring is not to start until over a month but because of the warmer weather the larvae of the mosquitoes are now starting to change into biting adults.
Once the irrigation of the pastures has started, it is expected that the number of mosquitoes will increase.
Snyder said that due to the limited rain lately, there are less fresh water sources where breeding could take place but he added that rainy season is not yet over.
Residents are advised to use mosquito electronic repellent and ones that contain DEET, IR3535, picaridin, para-menthane-diol and oil of lemon eucalyptus based on instructions of the manufacturer.