first_imgBasically, this species is more of a summer species (as isalbopictus) and seems to be becoming more prevalent in the heat ofsummer, he said.Eliminate standing waterGray’s personal observations show that mosquitoes can breed justabout anywhere. “I seem to find new things holding water and larvae everyday,” hesaid. “A large sheet of plastic that was covering some brushsupported significant populations in virtually every depressionthat was holding water. And a wheelbarrow, same deal, pet bowls,same deal, even down to a cup of water on my daughter’swatercolor easel in my garage.”Gray says the best way to avoid these growing populations in youryard is to walk around everyday and empty everything that’sholding water, no matter how small the amount. And to protectyourself against the pests already out there, select an insectrepellant containing DEET.”You should also wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts andpants in addition to using insect repellents,” said Gray. “Andalways follow the directions on repellents closely.” By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Georgia landscapes were glad to get the recent rains, but themosquitoes that may follow are not as welcome.”Nuisance mosquito populations are probably about to increase ina significant way,” said Elmer Gray, an extension entomologistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “The recent period of regular rains andovercast days has filled up everything that could possibly holdwater and not allowed anything to evaporate.” Not major WMV carrierConsequently, expect an explosion of Asian Tiger Mosquitoes(Aedes albopictus) in the near future. While the TigerMosquitois a biting pest, it’s not generally dangerous. “Fortunately, this species has not been significantly implicatedin the West Nile Virus cycle here in Georgia,” Gray said. “Butit is one of our most common pests in the upstate area.”Small studies and observations in the Athens, Ga., area areshowing increases in WNV carriers.”We’re conducting a small study monitoring Culexquinquefasciatus,the primary WNV vector in Georgia, populationsand they appear to be increasing as well,” Gray said. “This riseis more likely due to the time of the year than anything else.” last_img

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