High runoff means more mosquitoes

Mono County Health Department

Extensive water spreading due to high runoff conditions has increased the number of biting mosquitoes in our communities from north of Bishop to south of Big Pine. With the higher river flows out of Pleasant Valley we expect the Aedes melanimon population to increase.

Aedes do not carry human disease in the Eastern Sierra, however they are aggressive and one of the species that causes the most complaints from the public.

Crews continue to aggressively treat mosquito breeding areas and our local communities to reduce numbers of these insects, but the public should take steps to prevent mosquito bites.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts when you are outside particularly in the morning and evening hours.

Of the products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), those containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and some Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and Para-Menthane-Diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

More information on mosquitos and mosquito prevention can be found on the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program’s Facebook site or on the Mosquito and Vector Control Association on California’s website at www.MVCAC.org

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

 

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