Homeowners can help control invasive mosquito species

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The invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito is diurnal, meaning it feeds primarily during the day. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Mosquitoes are a worldwide pest, spreading disease and making animals and people miserable with their high-pitched buzzing and itchy bites. Southern California is no exception, but there is a sinister invasive species of mosquito that bites in the daytime and lays eggs that are drought resistant to some degree.Brent Casey, Program Chief II/Public Information Officer for the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, explains.“The mosquito’s scientific name is Aedes aegypti,” he said. “It’s an invasive species that has spread throughout the State of California. A couple of features of this mosquito that people are not used to are that it is a day-biter and can bite multiple times.”According to Casey, this daytime feeding behavior catches people off-guard, a
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