Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are non-native, invasive mosquitoes that were introduced to North America, They are capable of spreading diseases like dengue and Zika virus. These black-and-white colored mosquitoes bite during the daytime and they rely on stagnant water sources in your backyard to reproduce. Please call the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District at (707)437-1116 to report these mosquitoes, or complete a report online. Click the links below or visit the CDC Website to learn more about these invasive mosquitoes!InvasiveMosquitoesBrochure.pdfAedesaegyptiFactSheet.pdf
The Solano County Mosquito Abatement District deploys various types of traps that are specifically designed to capture invasive Aedes mosquitoes. The BG Sentinel trap, designed by Biogents, is effective at capturing adult female mosquitoes that are seeking a host on which to bloodfeed. The BG-GAT is designed to target adult females that have already obtained a blood meal and are now seeking a place to lay eggs and/or rest.
These traps are used as part of our invasive Aedes surveillance program. Mosquitoes captured in these traps are identified to species using a microscope. Abundance data is recorded and used to track population trends in order to understand the distribution of mosquito species throughout Solano County.
The diagram below illustrates the life cycle of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Understanding the biology of these mosquitoes is essential in being able to control their population growth. Being a floodwater mosquito, Aedes rely on containers that are regularly filled with water.