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Cooler Temps Not an End to Mosquitoes on Eastern Shore

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SALISBURY, Md.- Even though it is getting cooler outside, some mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus are still around.  

Up until Tuesday, Nelson White of Salisbury had no idea that a plastic tarp with standing rain water in his backyard on Monticello Avenue was one of many prime spots for mosquitoes to breed.
     
"I don't want my kids to get infected and I don't want my neighbors to get infected either, " said White.

Entomologist Larry Lembeck of the Wicomico County Mosquito Control Program said if there is standing water anywhere in your backyard, that is a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

Lembeck said he used a small glass vial to collect larvae from various backyards in Salisbury to demonstrate how the mosquitoes are born.

"A week after a rainfall they emerge out of here just like a butterfly out of a cocoon and then they come and bite you," he said. "Particularly in August when it was so dry, if you have mosquitoes on your property it's because you or your next door neighbor has a container that is producing mosquitoes. One little container will run you out of your yard in the evening."

Lembeck pointed to things like plastic toys and flower pots as ideal spots for the birth of the Asian tiger mosquito.

He said, however, there are some places people may not have to worry about. 

"Gutters are way high up in the air," Lembeck said, "The Asian tiger mosquito stays down low to the ground so it doesn't go up to the gutters."

Lembeck said if you think you're safe with garden ornaments or bird feeders filled with rain water, think again.

"If this (water filled bird feeder) lays here long enough the mosquitoes are going to find it and lay their eggs above whatever line," Lembeck said. "If there is no water, they will lay their eggs at the bottom."

White said not only will he make sure that no standing water exists in his backyard but also in his neighbors' homes.

"Just because you slap a mosquito doesn't mean that you are safe...you are not out of the woods yet," he said. "West Nile is dangerous."

That mosquito spraying does not come cheap. According to Salisbury Ciy Council President Terry Cohen, spraying the city costs about $6,000 for a month of treatment. 

 

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