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Mowing dry detention basins makes mosquito problems worse, team finds

Mowing dry detention basins makes mosquito problems worse, team finds

A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with “dry” water-detention basins in Central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of wetland plants in basins that failed to drain properly led to a boom in populations of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry and transmit the deadly virus, researchers report.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015