Monday, August 24, 2009

More tree canopy means more birds means more mosquitoes means more West Nile virus; Lafayette, LA

West Nile found in 'hot spot' for virus | | The Advertiser
Amanda McElfresh • • August 22, 2009

As the West Nile season hits its peak, a mosquito pool in the Brentwood subdivision has tested positive for the virus.
Glenn Stokes, president of Mosquito Control Contractors Inc., said the area, along with the Broadmoor subdivision, historically has been a hot spot for the disease, mainly because of the high number of trees in that areas.'There's an old, mature tree canopy there, and that means more birds and more mosquitoes feeding on birds,' Stokes said. 'It just shows that people shouldn't let their guard down.'Also this week, Stokes said two positive mosquito pools were found in St. Mary Parish, one in Glencoe and one in Bayou Vista."

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