A mild winter followed by warm, moist conditions could end up putting a lot of mosquitoes in Missouri this year. State Entomologist Wayne Bailey says personal repellants, either worn or burned close to an area can help cut down on the number of mosquitoes you might encounter this summer, as well as other methods. Bailey says probably the best way to keep mosquitoes away is to drain standing water, in buckets, old tires, or low areas to prevent breeding areas. He also suggest certain insecticides on the shrubs and bushes around the yard. Bailey says the potential of west nile virus, a sometimes fatal disease for humans and horses carried by mosquitoes, is something officials arewatching this year.
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