Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 24, 2013

April showers to bring increase in mosquitoes


Associated Press

FORT WAYNE (AP) — April showers could bring a distinctive summer buzz for many Indiana residents this year.

WANE-TV reports rain totals are running about 3 inches above average for the month in northeastern Indiana. That has created ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The wet weather also could breathe life into eggs that didn't hatch last year because of the drought. Allen County Department of Health Vector Control Director David Fiess says mosquito eggs can survive up to 10 years.

Health officials say early spring mosquitoes are generally a nuisance but those later in the summer can transmit deadly viruses including West Nile. At least six Indiana residents died of West Nile virus and more than 60 people were sickened last year.