Mild weather may mean more mosquitoes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Some experts are predicting one of the worst summers in decades for mosquitoes, but a University of Kentucky professor is taking a wait-and-see approach.

UK professor of entomology Grayson Brown told the Lexington Herald-Leader that it will become apparent in a few weeks when summer is in full swing. He says mosquitoes have been increasing their numbers since March and will have a noticeable presence this year.

The mild winter is one reason for the spike. Brown says mosquitoes usually freeze in the winter, but it didn't get cold enough for that to happen this year. And with the warmer weather, mosquitoes began laying eggs earlier.

He says western Kentucky may get the worst of it because of flooding that occurred there last summer.

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