Have you ever wondered why you don’t see many cold blooded animals, like reptiles or insects, in frozen regions of the world? Heat allows animals to run, jump, and think and mosquitoes are no exception. The warmer the temperature (up to a point), the more aggressive and hungry they get. They also reproduce much faster which means that surges in temperature can mean big surges in mosquito numbers.
On January 29, Vector Ecologist Dr. Tara Roth gave a presentation at the annual conference of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California in Monterey, CA. Tara received her PhD in August of 2016 from University of California, Davis, where she researched the vector-borne disease tularemia. Surveillance for tularemia in San Mateo County will be beginning soon through cooperation with the California Department of Public Health.