Epic spring rains spawn mosquito emergency

Pat McMahon Contributor
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Summer’s back . . . and so are the unwelcome guests everyone dreads.

The never-ending spring rainstorms that drenched the East Coast in March, and the hot days that followed in April, were the perfect storm for mosquitoes, say experts, breeding millions of bloodsuckers that came early and could stay for the season.

“As of right now, it’s really ramping up in a big way in the Northeast, as it is down here in the Southeast where I am in Florida,” said Joe Conlon, technical adviser with the American Mosquito Control Association.

West Coast citizens may be in for a fun summer, too. While it’s typically the Northeast that has to fight off the little creatures, health officials in one California county have already issued a general health alert — with the usual warnings about changing the water in the bird baths and keeping the gutters clear of standing water. And Maricopa County, Ariz., reports discovery of a West Nile-infected mosquito.

But it’s the swampy East Coast conditions that leave experts worried.

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