If you live in San Diego, Orange County, or anywhere in Southern California, it’s time to start bracing yourself for one of the most dreaded seasons in our state: mosquito season. Mosquito season in SoCal can start as early as March and lasts through September. Any type of mosquito we have to deal with is a pain, but there is one species that is causing a lot of misery for people. We’re talking about the invasive Aedes mosquito.

Understanding the Aedes Mosquito in San Diego

In today’s article, the mosquito control experts at Gopher Patrol will enlighten you on all you need to know about the Aedes genus mosquito taking over Southern California — and what you can do to protect yourself from these blood-sucking pests. If you want to get a jump on mosquito prevention, there’s no better time than now. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Aggressive Mosquito Species

The Aedes genus, appropriately dubbed the “ankle biter” mosquito in a recent news article, includes two main species of mosquitoes that have, according to County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, have become a rising problem in Southern California. The Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) started causing havoc in the region late last summer, and with the oncoming mosquito season, will likely come out in full force. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that while both non-native mosquito species are prevalent in SoCal, the Aedes aegypti has a higher likelihood of thriving and reproducing. Let’s get to know a little bit more about your new summertime neighbors, shall we?

Aedes aegypti Characteristics

  • Favorite Climates: Populated tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates
  • Favorite Meal: People
  • Viruses: More likely to spread Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and other viruses
  • Reproduction: Can lay eggs in small containers of water
  • Habits: Active, bite during the day and can thrive inside your home or business
  • Identification: Small, dark and light brown, white stripes

Aedes albopictus Characteristics

  • Favorite Climates: Tropical, subtropical, temperate, mild, and cooler climates
  • Favorite Meal: Animals and people
  • Viruses: Less likely to spread  Zika, dengue fever, and other viruses
  • Reproduction: Can lay eggs in small containers of water
  • Habits: Active, bite during the day and can thrive indoors
  • Identification: Small, dark brown and black, white stripes

How to Protect Yourself

Start planning and preparing for mosquito season before it arrives. As the temperatures get warmer, mosquitoes will only become more of a threat. Here are simple hints to follow as you prepare:

  • Clean up your yard, removing or turning over any objects that can collect water that could become a breeding ground for these nasty mosquitoes. This might include unused flower pots, bird baths, buckets, unused pet bowls, tires, and gardening vessels.
  • Unclog your gutters and remove debris that has built-up during fall and winter. Doing so can help eliminate potential standing bodies of water that are not as visible as those on the ground.
  • Repair damaged window and door screens and replace ineffective screens. Mosquitoes are tiny and can enter your home through even the most minuscule of a tear.
  • Seal and repair cracks and leaks to eliminate entryways into your home.   

Schedule Mosquito Control Services

One of the best lines of defense against these aggressive mosquitoes is to call in the pros. As a Top Rated Local® mosquito control company in San Diego, the Gopher Patrol team has the experience, dedication, equipment, and methods to safely and effectively protect you, your family, your pets, and your home or business from Aedes mosquitoes. From mosquito management and prevention to seasonal mosquito maintenance and mosquito control, we’ll create a customized treatment plan to meet your needs. Contact us today to get started.