By Nolan Sheow
Halloween may be over, but the blood sucking continues. They are everywhere, watching you, waiting for you. You’ll never see them coming … but they see you.
They watch you in the mornings, they’re watching you at night. They want your blood.
Flying high above your head, seeking the next meal, the black and white striped Asian tiger mosquito terrorizes the citizens of our beloved La Cañada. It was recently discovered in the neighborhood near Hillard Avenue, according to the city manager.
Native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia, the mosquito has found its way to California through the transport of goods between the States and the Far East. Unlike other mosquitoes, it feeds not only during dusk and dawn, but during the day as well.
Asian tiger mosquitos have very few natural predators; water beetles and fungi feed on the mosquitoes in the larval stage, and spiders feed on the adult mosquitoes. The mosquitoes multiply rapidly, and in California, these predators pose a miniscule risk to the insects.
The Asian tiger mosquito, according to the Global Invasive Species Database, is listed as one of the top 100 worst invasive species. It has established itself in Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa.
“I think the government should take action of this and tell the truth instead of hiding their problems,” said freshman Azaan Quazi when confronted with the issue.
“Sounds like a joke,” added substitute teacher Josh Leibner.
Despite popular belief, the consequences of this discovery should not be taken lightly. The mosquito can carry multiple dangerous pathogens, including yellow fever, which may cause fatal heart, kidney, and liver conditions, as well as dengue fever, which causes severe bleeding and shock. They attack many different species, including humans, and the diverse pool of host animals provides optimal conditions for the transferring of disease.
Residents of La Cañada and surrounding areas are advised to remove all pools of standing water to prevent the mosquitoes from laying eggs. It is also advisable to wear insect repellent while outdoors.
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