Monday, June 26, 2006

The mosquitofish

Gambusia affinis, the Sewerage and Water Board's mosquitofish, displayed at the Festival of Neighborhoods on Saturday. Residents can order them to fill unused pools and other areas where mosquitos are breeding now.


State health officials say it is that time of year when the West Nile virus traditionally rears its ugly head: late June. Kyle Moppert, Office of Public Health entomologist, says the dry spring will actually help boost the mosquito population this summer:

"Now that were starting to get some water, your going to see large hatches of mosquitoes," says Moppert, "therefore, dispose of any water in your yards and around your yards."

Moppert says they cannot predict the severity of this year's West Nile outbreak, but reminds residents that 177 cases of the virus were reported last year, and 11 people died.

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At 6/26/2006 07:48:00 PM, Blogger LisaPal said...

Phew! When I first saw that picture, I thought city budget cuts had reduced the Mosquito and Termite Control Board to a tank full of minnows.

At 6/27/2006 05:07:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

A tankful of minnows might run the SW&B more effectively.

At 6/27/2006 04:26:00 PM, Blogger LisaPal said...

Yeah, I did consider that...and the minnows are cute, too.


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