People warned to beware of West Nile


August 21, 2018

Inyo and Mono Counties of California Agricultural Commissioner's Office

A distinctive white stripe lies across the middle of the proboscis of a Culex tarsalis mosquito, the kind of mosquito that transmits West Nile virus in this part of the United States.

With about 1 in 10 local mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus, the Hill County Mosquito Control District supervisor is warning people to take care.

A species that carries the virus, Culex tarsalis, makes up 13 percent of the total mosquitoes trapped by the Hill County district, Hill County's weed and mosquito district supervisor Terry Turner said Monday. Recent testing shows that about 90 percent of tarsalis mosquitoes in the district are infected with West Nile, he said.

Tarsalis mosquitoes only fly at night, Turner added, coming out a half hour before sundown. Peak hours are...

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