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Continued: Keep swatting: End may be near for the mosquito baby boom

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 23, 2013 - 6:59 AM

That’s why McLean urges people to stay diligent about repelling mosquitoes.

“People tend to put on lots of repellent early in the year when the bugs are heavy but then cut back in August,” he said. “Don’t do that.”

Last year saw a startling surge in the West Nile virus, with 70 confirmed cases in the state, compared with only two in 2011.

With so many variables, experts aren’t predicting how bad the disease might be this year, but they’re thinking that one reason for last year’s surge was the ultra-early spring that resulted in a much longer-than-normal bug season.

If that’s the case, there actually might be a silver lining to our long wait for summer this year.

 

Jeff Strickler • 612-673-7392

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