In Missouri, mosquitoes slow cleanup


National News

June 4, 2019 - 10:04 AM

It didn’t take long for volunteers working in Carl Junction to notice the mosquitoes. Bug repellent quickly became a standard-issue supply.

“We noticed them getting worse after the tornado, as people cut down trees,” said Gary Stubblefield, a coordinator for recovery and cleanup efforts. “We realized the need for bug repellent for our volunteers, and we’ve continued to put out a plea for it.”

Increasing rainfall totals across the region have state health officials warning residents about mosquitoes, because of the diseases that some breeds can carry. The extra moisture effectively creates more breeding grounds for the insects, which can breed in as few as 10 days, according to information from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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