Invasive Species
Australian mosquito found in L.A. County, first U.S. report of pest

An Australian mosquito capable of transmitting viruses to humans and heartworm to dogs was found in the San Gabriel Valley, vector-control officials said Monday. It’s believed to be the first sighting of the species in North America. Aedes notoscriptus, nicknamed Aussie Mozzie, was first found in June at Monterey Park’s city yard, said Jason Farned, spokesman for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District. Another specimen was found at a Montebello home in August. The mosquito infects humans with the Barmah Forest and Ross River viruses, both of which are non-lethal. “In Australia this mosquito is very widespread and capable of transmitting...