TagsAAHA Allergies Animal Shelter Anniversary AVMA Bee Sting Cat Friendly Practice Cats Contest Costume Dental dental cleaning dental health dental month dog training Ear infection Events Fireworks Fleas Halloween Healthy Heartworm Heat Stroke holidays Hyperthermia Infection kong Mosquitoes Nexgard Online Pharmacies Parasites Party Pet Food Pet Safety Rabies Vaccination Remodel RVT surgery Thyroid Ticks VCAS Ventura County Animal Services Vet Tech Wheel of Paw-some Wisdom Panel
Mosquitoes transmit life-threatening heartworm disease to dogs and cats. They are generally known to carry a variety of serious diseases but which mosquito species are prevalent in our community and what does this mean for the safety of our pets? Ventura County is typically home to 15 common species of mosquitoes. Of these, the species Aedes sierrensis, or Western Treehole Mosquito, is known to carry heartworm disease. These mosquitoes reside in water-filled tree holes or containers and are highly adaptable to varying weather and feeding conditions. Los Angeles County is also home to the Western Treehole Mosquito in addition to the heartworm-carrying Aedes notoscriptus species. Also known as the Australian Backyard Mosquito, this species thrives in water-filled containers in urban environments.