By The Leader Staff

The Kings Mosquito Abatement District is reporting its first detection of Aedes aegypti in Kings County. Three adult mosquitoes were collected from the City of Corcoran. This mosquito is not native to California but has established itself in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and throughout portions of Southern California.

Aedes aegypti is a small, dark mosquito with white markings and white banded legs that live in close association with humans and is active during the day. It is an aggressive biter and capable of transmitting viruses that cause diseases such as dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika. None of these viruses are currently circulating in California.

“Because this mosquito prefers to breed in small containers, it's difficult to control with traditional mosquito control techniques, the public’s help is going to be critical,” states Michael Cavanagh, District Manager of the Kings Mosquito Abatement District. “Residents are encouraged to contact the District if they experience mosquitoes biting during the day and indoors.”

By following these few steps, residents can help prevent mosquito breeding on their properties and guard against mosquito- transmitted illnesses:

Kings Mosquito Abatement District is located at 10871 Bonney View Lane in Hanford, CA. Call the District to report mosquitoes at (559) 584-3326, or visit the District website: Free mosquito fish are available to the public between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the District office. Call the West Nile Virus hotline to report dead birds at 1-877-968-2437.