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Anopheles freeborni and Aedes melanimon

Two additional mosquitoes that will start to be seen during our mid to late summer season are the Anopheles freeborni and Aedes melanimon mosquitoes.

The Anopheles mosquito's habitat is flooded agricultural areas such as rice fields. These mosquitoes will move into populated areas seeking blood meals and look for places to overwinter. Fluctuations in water levels in our flooded agricultural areas tend to make these mosquitoes more active.

The Aedes mosquito eggs hatch from freshly flooded ground such as wetlands and some ag areas. These mosquitoes will be active during both the daytime and the evening. Wetlands that take on water this time of year are capable of producing large numbers of Aedes mosquitoes, which many try to seek populated areas looking for a

blood meal.

As we continue to enjoy our outdoor areas on a more regular basis, the Colusa Mosquito Abatement District asks everyone that is out and about, to keep an eye out for mosquito breeding sources around their homes and neighborhoods. Anything that can hold water is prime habitat for another species of mosquito, the Culex mosquito.

The Colusa Mosquito Abatement District is continuing to implement their surveillance program, along with their larval control program. These services which start in the spring, run through summer, and will continue through fall. The districts adulticide program, which began in May, will continue to the middle of November. Please see the district's spray schedule on the Services tab above.

The Colusa Mosquito Abatement District asks that if you are spending time outdoors, to use preventative measures such as repellants, long sleeve shirts, and long pants. Please feel free to contact the district if you have any questions or concerns.

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