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Recent Warm Weather Awakens Mosquitoes from Winter Slumber in the Owens Valley

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RECENT WARM WEATHER AWAKENS MOSQUITOES FROM WINTER  SLUMBER IN THE OWENS VALLEY 

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The Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program has received an increase in reports from residents  seeing mosquitoes this past February due to the unseasonably warm weather we have been  experiencing. The mosquitoes are probably of the Anopheles species.

“These mosquitoes are special because they overwinter as adult mosquitoes” said Rob Miller, Field  Operations Supervisor for the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program. “The warm weather has  tricked them into coming out of their hibernation early.”

These mosquitoes overwinter as adult mosquitoes take shelter near our homes during winter months. They emerge on warm winter days and often appear sluggish but could still try to bite you. They will return to hibernation if the weather turns cold again.

“These mosquitoes are more of a nuisance biter than a health threat as they do not transmit diseases such as West Nile virus or Zika virus” explained Nate Reade, Agricultural Commissioner. The best protection is to be aware that they are out and protect yourself from being bitten by wearing insect repellant and avoiding outside activities at dusk.

No large scale treatments are planned at this time because the mosquitoes are few in number and  cold temperatures will likely return. However, Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program staff is  actively monitoring mosquito populations and are ready to implement control measures if numbers  increase.

Please report mosquito problems to the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program by calling:  (760) 873-7853.

Visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OVMAP/ to get the latest  information about mosquitoes in the Owens Valley.

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