Health Department Finds Record Number of Mosquitoes in Alachua County
Published September 26th, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- Alachua County health officials say they are finding record numbers of mosquitoes across all parts of the county.
In their most recent count for September, officials say they found about 6,000 culex mosquitoes in various light traps around the county, all within a 24 hour period. That's compared to the average number of 2,000.
According to health officials, the culex variety of mosquitoes are the kind most likely to transmit the West Nile virus.
"There are high numbers of the culex variety right now," said Todd Harris of the Alachua County Health Department. "It is the greatest number of this variety for the month of September that we've seen within the last 6 years."
In light of their findings, health department officials are reminding residents to take all the normal precautions against mosquitos, including draining any standing water near your home.
Despite the high levels of mosquitoes, officials say there have been no traces of West Nile virus found in any of the county's sentinel chicken population so far. They attribute the high numbers of mosquitoes to record rainfall amounts in the month of July.
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