Large mosquito population expected in Georgia

alt

File Photo


ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Scientists are predicting a large mosquito population in Georgia during the next few weeks.

Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Service, says the nuisance mosquitoes are expected to be particularly bad in coming weeks.

However, Gray said the type of mosquitoes expected to attack Georgians in increasing numbers are not the primary carriers of West Nile virus.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/16UhI8i) that the Southern house mosquito, one of dozens of mosquito species in Georgia, is the vector for West Nile virus. They breed in places like storm sewers. The recent heavy rains have flushed them out, leaving their populations low for now.

Peak season for West Nile virus is from about mid-August to mid-September he said.

Although Southern house mosquito numbers are low, Asian tiger mosquitoes are popping out by the millions.

Asian tiger mosquitoes like to breed in small containers of water, like clogged-up gutters, old tires and unused flower pots lying around in the back yard.

"Everything that could possibly hold water in the community is holding water," Gray said, referring to recent heavy rains in the area.

And now temperatures are getting hot again, which also helps mosquitoes along.

"The heat is going to cap off the months of rain to make for quite a population, I expect," Gray said.

___

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com



More Local

School board to appoint new member by August

The Coweta County Board of Education anticipates appointing a new board member to fill its current vacancy at its regular meeting in August. ... Read More


Airport taxiway project to begin next month

Work on the Newnan-Coweta County Airport’s long-awaited new taxiway may begin as early as mid-June. The new taxiway, which will serve ... Read More


NCCA approves $4,000 for landscaping

The Newnan Convention Center Authority (NCCA) marked the two-year anniversary of The Newnan Centre’s opening at its quarterly meeting ... Read More


Newnan council to vote on paving contract

Newnan City Council will be voting on a contract to repair a portion of LaGrange Street at its meeting on Tuesday. The proposed contract is ... Read More


County’s largest graduating class to march at ECHS

Graduation has already been held at two Coweta County high schools, but the largest number of seniors in the class of 2015 will march today ... Read More

Two arrested for suspected marijuana distribution

A man and woman suspected of dealing marijuana in a Sharpsburg neighborhood were arrested Thursday after authorities with both the Coweta Co ... Read More