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As I understand it, West Fargo will be spraying for mosquitoes tonight. While I am typically not one to kill any living thing purposefully, I make an exception for mosquitoes. I am not a fan of mosqui... Posted on 7/1/13 at 9:58 PM
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One of the benefits of the rainy spell is that the countryside is a lush green. The trees, grass and alfalfa fields are flourishing in the wet conditions and our garden also is... Posted on 6/16/10 at 10:02 AM
The spraying is scheduled because of the recent cases of West Nile virus that has been confirmed in local birds and mosquitoes. The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis species.
Since West Nile virus claimed the life of farmer-rancher Kim Rath in February, his family has been spreading the word about the deadly mosquito-borne disease, which sickened 89 North Dakotans in 2012 alone.
The good news: A new study shows we are much less likely to get the most severe form of West Nile virus than previously thought. The not-so-good news: More of us have been infected with the West Nile virus than we probably realize. A study by a Sanford Health doctor shows that North Dakota has the third-highest rate of West Nile virus infection in the nation, with 7.5 percent of North Dakotans infected.
The relatively mild winter has some people wondering if mosquitoes, especially the West Nile virus-carrying Culex Tarsalis, will be out for blood this year. But entomologists and vector-control experts say skeeter counts are influenced by much more than mild weather, and it may be too early to tell what summer will bring.
Ticks and mosquitoes compete with over-stressed trees for attention this year The mild winter and early spring have kicked off an atypical growing season: It’s producing a bumper crop of unusual problems, including an outbreak of early-season ticks and mosquitoes and overstressed trees and gardens that could fall victim to ailments never before seen this far north.
Cool June weather delayed start of mosquito season The skeeter meter has been wildly fluctuating as of late. On Tuesday, the average mosquito trap count in Grand Forks was 101. By Wednesday, it dipped down to eight, after local mosquito control crews conducted a citywide ground spray. By Thursday, the number was back up to 102, and the city sprayed again.
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