PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Gary Goode works on a tiny scale in his Palm Beach County Mosquito Control laboratory. He sorts through the county's 35 species of bloodsuckers, and each of them is different: some feed during the day, some at night, and some carry disease.
Goode and his team check traps every week to watch the various populations. They are set in what he calls "concourses" of activity.
"Nigripalpus is a sneaky biter, so it can get in there and bite you and transmit the disease and you don't even know it's there. You don't even scratch," he said.
Goode says the "disease vectors" have increased this week, likely due to wet weather. In his traps he is also finding a breed that is more painful, but doesn't carry disease.
"That's a salt marsh mosquito. Son of a gun. Where the heck are these guys coming from?"
Goode believes the species blew in on wind from the Keys and his team can spray for them in the days to come. Other breeds can't be stopped through spray, like breeds that carry disease and thrive in standing water. As small as a thimbleful is enough for a breeding ground.
"If you have mosquitoes around your house, and they are biting during the day, we can just about count on it being a container mosquito," he said.
The best way to avoid such mosquitoes is to remove standing water from your property, according to Palm Beach County Mosquito Control.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
One person will win a three-year lease on a 2013 Honda Civic Lx Sedan automatic.
Click to see the latest mugshots, plus this week's wanted fugitives.
This feature packed upgrade brings you faster performance, easier navigation, and stunning improvements to photos, video and readability.
Latest News Stories
A suspicious package was found in the 6000 block of Glades Road at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton this afternoon, says Officer Sandra Boonenberg, spokesman for Boca Raton Police Department.