King Tides create breeding pools for annoying mosquitoes

Posted at 11:07 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 10:20:16-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) -- Mosquitoes took over a small corner of the South Bay. A San Diego County Vector Control Program spokeswoman said recent trappings and complaints led them to inspect a portion of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge near National City.

The spokeswoman said they found several new breeding areas that were created recently by the King Tides.  King Tides are extremely high tides that can push water to places it doesn’t usually reach.  It creates small breeding pools that quickly increased the mosquito population.

The spokeswoman said the county and US Fish & Wildlife Service are working together to treat the area, which is closed off to the public.  However, it does border Interstate 5, a Best Western Hotel, and the Pier 32 Marina in National City.

County Vector staff delivered hundreds of DEET wipes to the Best Western Hotel and the nearby Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista.

So far this year, no humans have contracted West Nile in San Diego County.  However, no one contacted it before August in 2016 and 22 people ended up with the mosquito-carried disease before the year was over.  Two people died.