Mild winter means uptick in mosquitoes in Wisconsin

Published 07-22-2018

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - Biologists say this is a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes in Wisconsin because many of the insects survived the relatively mild winter.

Jamee Hubbard is an associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that mild temperatures and significant snow cover helped the mosquitoes survive.

Hubbard says a lot of snow cover "does a good job of insulating." She says that after the snow melted, the area became a perfect habitat for mosquitoes.

Hubbard says there could be an uptick in mosquito-borne illnesses late this summer. Such illnesses include West Nile virus, Jamestown Canyon virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Hubbard says residents need to take precautions. She recommends wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors and using insect repellent containing the chemical DEET.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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