Moisture and Mosquitoes

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

Although mosquito season doesn't technically begin until July, many of us know from the bites, mosquitoes are already prevalent. With above average rainfall totals, health officials are worried this West Nile season could be far worse than last year.

So far this June, South-Central Kentucky has received nearly 8 inches of rain. Those monitoring the mosquito problem say yards with standing water run the risk of becoming a mosquito breeding ground. Chip Kraus of the Barren River District Health Department says it only takes three to four days for mosquito eggs to hatch. Kraus recommends cleaning out birdbaths, wading pools, gutters and discarding used tires.

Last year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention documented 4,156 cases of West Nile, including 284 deaths.

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