The dragonfly population in the Chicago area has exploded in recent days, and one local expert said it’s likely tied to the large mosquito population.
The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District’s David Zazra says it’s not your imagination: the influx is worse than usual.
A batch of mosquitos in Skokie has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, making it the fourth Chicago suburb to detect the disease this year.
This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictBiologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which will be bad through the holiday weekend.
Inside a lab at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Molly Duman-Scheel has been killing mosquitoes by the thousands.
The next couple weeks could be a bit of a roller coaster ride for mosquito activity in the Chicago area.
The good news: the mosquitos collected so far this year are disease-free.
Now that mosquitoes in portions of the northwest and southwest sides have tested positive for the West Nile virus spraying will take place overnight.
The cooler spring so far means mosquito season has been delayed, but with the recent floods and warming temperatures, your back yard could soon be a haven for the buzzing, bloodsucking pests.
The pace of West Nile virus is picking up dramatically in Illinois.
Officials were spraying to kill mosquitos in Skokie on Wednesday, as part of a continuing effort to contain the spread of the West Nile Virus.
Experts have warned 2012 could be a bad year for West Nile — and it is.
The common house mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile Virus, are out in full force about three weeks early, because of a warm winter and the current hot and relatively dry conditions, which promote their development.
Record rainfall levels in July could leave Chicago area residents itching.