Editorial: Keep mosquitoes under control



The Tribune

April showers bring, well, May flowers, of course; but this year the recent rainy weather could bring on a bounty of summer pests — mosquitoes.

Recent rain atop saturated soil has created ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes across Jackson County.

The wet weather also could breathe life into eggs that didn’t hatch last year because of the lingering drought. Mosquito eggs can survive up to 10 years, so those that did nothing last year because of dry conditions are ready to plague us with the arrival of recent rains.

As Joe Conlon, an entomologist and technical adviser to the American Mosquito Control Association, so clearly put it: “Hey, mosquitoes have been around at least 170 million years, and it’s not because they are stupid.”

 

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