Mosquitoes

FLAMINGO, FL - AUGUST 12:  The a female mosquito begins to bite the photographer's hand at Everglades National Park August 12, 2002 in Flamingo, Florida. The female bugs use the blood protein to feed their eggs then lays the eggs in water. The itch from the bite is caused by the human body's immune system responding to the mosquito's saliva. During the summer, the Everglades closes its camping facilities almost entirely because of the onslaught of mosquitoes. Traps are put up throughout Flamingo where 250,000 mosquitoes a day are collected.  (Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

Floods Raise Mosquito Population, Not West Nile Virus

University of Illinois entomologist says the species that carry West Nile virus is more likely to breed in dry weather.

06/18/2015

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Mosquito Season Nears for St. Charles Residents

St. Charles Health officials are asking residents to help keep the mosquito population in the area under control.

06/04/2015

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First Positive Test for West Nile Virus in Illinois in 2015

The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O’Fallon.

05/29/2015

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Top 6 Mosquito Repellent Plants To Keep Pests Away

Summer means it’s time to fire up the grill and invite friends over for a barbecue, but it seems like unexpected guests always crash the party. No, not your in-laws — we’re talking about pesky bugs

05/21/2015

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Spraying for Nuisance Mosquitoes has Begun in St. Louis County

Most spraying will be done between Sunday and Thursday evenings between sunset and midnight, when mosquito activity is usually at its peak.

05/14/2015

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West Nile Virus Reported in St. Louis County

A 59-year-old man from St. Louis County has been hospitalized with West Nile virus in the area’s first case of 2014.

09/08/2014

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First Case of Chikungunya Reported in St. Louis; Not Contracted in Area

St. Louis County has it’s first reported case of the mosquito-carried disease called Chikungunya, though it was not contracted in the area. “There is no cause for panic, no cause for alarm,” says Dr. Faisal Khan, St. Louis County Health Department’s director of communicable disease control.

07/29/2014

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West Nile Virus Suspected in Missouri Death

Laclede County also had one fatal case of the infection last year.

06/27/2014

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Health Officials Warn of New Mosquito Virus in the Midwest

It’s called chikungunya, and symptoms can include fever, headaches, rash and joint pain so sever it can actually lead to a permanent disability.

06/25/2014

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First Bird Confirmed to Have West Nile Virus in 2014

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus.

06/05/2014

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