Metro mosquito population explodes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Twin Cities metropolitan area is suffering through a mosquito population explosion.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/12JGmXZ ) the mosquito population this week is triple the 10-year average.

Officials with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District say the rainy, cold spring led spring and summer species of mosquitoes to arrive right on top of each other, causing a big surge in mid-June.

Right now, Minnesota is getting the “cattail mosquito,” a particularly aggressive strain that hatches in cattail swamps and usually peaks around July 4.

Of the 51 species in Minnesota, Mosquito Control focuses on the ones that bite people and carry disease.

A metro area homeowner with a house valued at $250,000 pays about $13 a year for mosquito control. But outside the seven-county metro area, Minnesotans brave mosquitoes on their own.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

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