Mosquito boom carries health concern for Santa Barbara County

Recent rains to blame for population spike

Mosquito boom carries health concern...

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Santa Barbara County's wet winter eased the drought, but it also created many mosquito sources.

Residents might notice more mosquitoes outside their homes this spring. Rainstorms filled creeks, street drains and backyard containers where mosquitos can breed.

This continues to be a concern for the county since mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases. The blood sucking bugs typically bites during dawn and dusk, however there species that will bite during the day. Those types of mosquitoes are what the county is most concerned about. 

The Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara provides mosquito-eating fish for residents who live within the district and has ornamental fountains or ponds. These fish can help prevent mosquitoes to breed near residential areas. 

Contact the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County at 805-969-5050 to report mosquito problems, especially if you are being bit during the daytime.

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