CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KCBS)— Mosquitoes are making their presence felt in the Bay Area almost a month ahead of schedule. The mixed cold-to-warm-to cold again weather has some experts warning it could signal an early start to West Nile virus season.
“We’re seeing a lot of mosquito activity earlier this year than in previous years and it’s primarily weather driven,” said entomologist John Washburn, the interim manager of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.READ MORE: Slow Recovery Prompts Businesses to Rethink Their Future in Downtown San Francisco
Washburn said there’s been a noticeable increase in service calls from people complaining about mosquitos.READ MORE: Gunman Kills 8 In Indianapolis FedEx Workplace Mass Shooting
Deborah Bass of the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District said the early appearance of mosquitos cannot be good.
“The cycle between the warmer weather and the wet weather certainly is a recipe for potentially a bad West Nile season,” she said.MORE NEWS: South Bay Restaurants Raise Money for Anti-Hate Efforts Supporting AAPI Community
2014 was a bad year for mosquito-spread, West Nile virus. Nearly 800 human cases were reported in California. 29 people lost their lives, the most since 2004.