Saturday, Aug 1. 2009 – Soggy Summer has led to plague of mosquitoes
Heavy rainfall followed by the current spell of hot, humid weather has made for perfect conditions for many more mosquitoes than normal to breed, hatch and reach adulthood according to Theodore Andreadis, Connecticut’s chief medical entomologist.
“We’re trapping 8000 mosquitoes a day,” said Andreadis. “Normally we trap a couple of thousand.”
The mosquitoes are collected in traps his staff sets during the summer at 90 sites along the shoreline, from Greenwich to Stonington. The trapped mosquitoes are then brought back to the laboratory and tested for West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Mosquitoes can transmit the viruses to humans and pets when they bite. Both can cause serious illness, although EEE is more often fatal.