The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) — a tiny, aggressive day-biting mosquito not native to California — has been found in traps in the Madera Ranchos and Parkwood areas of Madera County, mosquito officials announced last week.
A few weeks ago the mosquito, common in the urban areas of the southeastern United States, was found on the west side of the city of Madera, according to the Madera Mosquito and Vector Control District.
The district is working with the Madera County Department of Health to evaluate the extent of the infestation and will aggressively target problem areas to prevent its spread.
“Our goal is to eradicate this population” said Leonard Irby, the district’s manager. “We definitely do not want this mosquito to become established in our communities.”...