West Nile Mosquitoes

CHICAGO (AP) -- Don't put away that mosquito repellent just yet.

Hot, dry weather in the Chicago area has hurt reproduction of the common floodwater mosquito this summer. So it might seem like you're scratching fewer bites.

But a common carrier of West Nile virus -- the Culex mosquito -- is still a danger.

Mike Szyska is director of the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District in Wheeling.

He says the Culex mosquito lays its eggs in standing water, like retention ponds and birdbaths. That means they're undeterred by the dry heat, and they're still multiplying this summer.

So far this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed three human cases of West Nile virus.

Szyska says West Nile activity peaks in mid-August.


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