California’s Mosquito Population Has Increased Tenfold, And We’re To Blame: SFist – But disuse of DDT is not the driver – ubanization is.

That is to say, as humans continue to reshape the state to fit our desires, we are creating the conditions for a mosquito population explosion. To make matters worse, the channel reports that species capable of carrying the West Nile virus and Zika do well in California’s human-made environment. And scientists expect it to only get worse.”Urbanization, driven by human population growth and movement, has been a major driver of environmental change during the last century and is projected to increase substantially in the future across the globe,” the study authors write. “Our results suggest that urbanization is likely to drive additional changes in mosquito communities, including the expansion of habitat for urban mosquitoes.”

Source: California’s Mosquito Population Has Increased Tenfold, And We’re To Blame: SFist