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Georgia Gets Ready For Unpredictable Mosquito Season

May 18, 2017
2006 photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.
James Gathany / AP/CDC

Fulton County has already started spraying for mosquitoes, but it can be hard to predict how bad the bugs will be.

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Fulton County started its mosquito control program in 2001, when Georgia saw its first case of West Nile virus. Kathleen Toomey, the county's health director, said Fulton has continued the program because of other mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika.

Georgia Could See A Heavy Mosquito Season

May 20, 2015
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Despite a wet start to the spring, so far the number of mosquitoes is typical for this time of year, says University of Georgia Extension entomologist Elmer Gray. But he says it could get worse.

“It has been wet up to this point, and now it’s begun to dry out,” Gray says.

But Gray says seasonal forecasts call for wet weather.