Southeast Missouri State biology professor expects high mosquito numbers

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 11:00 a.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A Southeast Missouri State University biology professor said that the mosquito population is exploding in flooded parts of the state, but they're not the kind that carry the West Nile virus.

Christina Frazier said the St. Louis County Health Department already is collecting five times as many mosquitoes in traps each night as it normally would.

Frazier said there will be hordes of pest mosquitoes this summer that will bite, but likely won't transmit the virus. She said that's common after a flood.

It doesn't mean Missouri won't have mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. Frazier said those mosquitoes are most likely to be found in small puddles in places like old tires, semi-dried up swimming pools and old paint cans.


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