Weather conditions lead to mosquito boom in Del.

September 13, 2011 8:27:06 AM PDT
Delaware officials say the state is seeing a boom in the mosquito population due to recent weather conditions.

The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports that a combination of dry weather followed by rains and flooding set up the ideal hatching conditions for many of the 57 species of mosquitoes found in the state.

William Meredith, Delaware's mosquito control chief, says the state is using aerial spraying and ground-based fogging to keep mosquito populations under control. Meredith says one concern with late summer and fall mosquitoes is that some species can carry diseases such as West Nile virus and mosquito-borne encephalitis.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,

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