MECCA, Calif. - Mecca has become the latest city in the valley to be detected with the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected three adult mosquitoes and 37 mosquito larvae in a Mecca neighborhood that were identified as an invasive mosquito species capable of transmitting serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika.
While these viruses are not currently transmitted locally, the District is taking steps to reduce the spread of this mosquito throughout the Coachella Valley.
Beginning Oct. 16, the District will conduct increased trapping in the area to evaluate the extent of the infestation and technicians will start a door-to-door campaign searching for standing water sources in people's backyard where this mosquito species commonly lays eggs.
Technicians will also educate residents on how to prevent breeding and carry out control activities as needed.
The door-to-door campaign will be carried out within the area bordered by 5th Street, Dale Kiler Road, 2nd Street, and Home Avenue.
Residents will receive notices Thursday to alert them about the presence of the mosquito and the upcoming control strategies.
Invasive Aedes mosquitoes are small, black and white, and feed almost exclusively on humans, biting aggressively all day long.
Residents are urged to:
- Drain standing water
- Install or repair screens
- Apply insect repellent
- Wear long-sleeves
- Wear long pants
Aedes aegypti was first detected in the Coachella Valley in the City of Coachella in May 2016 and has since been detected in Cathedral City, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and Palm Desert.
In September, the Riverside County Department of Public Health confirmed that a La Quinta resident tested positive for West Nile virus, the first human case in the valley this year.
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