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Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is native to Southeast Asia and is currently established in the south and southeastern United States. This aggressive, day-time biting mosquito can potentially transmit the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya, encephalitis, and canine heartworm. Asian tiger mosquitoes are responsible for recent outbreaks of dengue virus in Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.
Description: The Asian tiger mosquito is approximately ¼ inch long with distinctive black and white stripes on its thorax, abdomen, and legs.
Breeding habits: This mosquito will lay eggs in buckets, flower pots, old tires, and even flowering plants such as bromeliads. It is known as a “container breeder” and prefers to lay its eggs inside water-filled containers or on stems of aquatic plants. When flooded, the eggs hatch and larvae mature to biting adults in 7 to 12 days.
Unlike the mosquitoes that we are familiar with in Southern California, the Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive pest that has the potential to transmit debilitating viruses such as dengue and chikungunya. Both of these diseases have not been reported in LA County and have not been transmitted locally. However, if a person with the virus spends time in an area where Asian tiger mosquitoes are found, there is an increased chance of an outbreak occuring in Los Angeles County. Currently, many cities across the country are reporting many chikungunya cases from travelers coming back to the U.S.
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Notice of Adjournment
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Azusa, held on the 17th day of November, 2014, the following item was declared adjourned,