Rainfall Brings High Mosquito Populations to Eastern Nebraska

September 25, 2018 - 5:56pm

Mosquito numbers have been abnormally high in eastern Nebraska this season, with large amounts of rainfall over the past six weeks creating plenty of standing water for mosquitos to multiply.

As of September 10, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has recorded “high” levels of mosquitos in Lancaster County, and some areas of eastern Nebraska have seen “extremely high” numbers.

Jody Green, an entomologist with Nebraska Extension, says people should take caution with higher populations of mosquitos, as they could contribute to more cases of the dangerous West Nile Virus.

“In Nebraska, especially West Nile Virus, we are the leading state in death," Green said. "I’ve known numerous people who have been diagnosed from suffering symptoms of West Nile. That is the main concern; trying to protect ourselves from the diseases spread by mosquitos.”

Until excess mosquito populations begin to decrease with cooler temperatures, Green recommended preventative measures such as insect repellant and light, loose clothing if you’ll be spending long periods of time outdoors this fall. 

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