Delaware mosquito population is booming due to recent wet weather

Are mosquitoes bugging you during these final days of summer?  The Delaware Mosquito Control Section says there’s a reason why there are so many flying critters. 

Sunny, hot weather set in early this summer, while August brought a return to wet weather.  Mosquito Control Section Administrator Bill Meredith says that combination of weather factors set the stage for prime hatching conditions for a wide variety of mosquitoes.  There is concern that the insects may spread such illnesses as West Nile Virus or mosquito-borne encephalitis.  Meredith says the state is using a combination of aerial spraying and ground-level fogging to try to control mosquito hatching.  CLICK HERE to find out more about Delaware’s mosquito control efforts.

 

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