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UF/IFAS’ Roxanne Connelly urges Florida residents to fight mosquitoes by eliminating standing water

UF/IFAS’ Roxanne Connelly urges Florida residents to fight mosquitoes by eliminating standing water

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UF/IFAS’ Roxanne Connelly urges Florida residents to fight mosquitoes by eliminating standing water

The UF/IFAS mosquito team has captured headlines yet again, this time with advice on combatting local populations of container-inhabiting mosquitoes.

Roxanne Connelly, a professor with UF/IFAS’ Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and president of the American Mosquito Control Association, recently took to the keyboard and wrote a column published by the Gainesville Sun on Saturday, June 22.

The column, timed to coincide with National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, explains how residents can reduce the number of mosquitoes in their neighborhoods, by emptying and eliminating sources of standing water.

Florida is home to about a dozen species of container-inhabiting mosquitoes, which use small bodies of standing water as nesting sites. They include notorious disease-spreading species such as Culex nigripalpus (seen above), a significant human health threat.

You can read the full column here.

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