A day-biting species of mosquito not native to the state was discovered in Madera earlier this month, and officials urged residents to practice preventative measures as they work to eliminate it.
Leonard Irby, district manager for the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District, said the yellow fever mosquito (aedes aegypti) is the first non-native species he’s seen invade Madera.
“We’re not sure where it came from yet,” Irby said. “We’re still working to figure that out.”
The approximately quarter-inch-long mosquito with black-and-white markings is native to Africa but can be found in tropical climates...