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Asian tiger mosquito targeted in York County

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 14, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A particularly annoying type of mosquito is the target of a pilot control program in York County.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has recorded an increase in the number of Asian tiger mosquitoes in the Hanover area.

DEP spokeswoman Lisa Kasianowitz says the insects are aggravating because they're active throughout the day and have a voracious appetite.

"They have to bite seven to eight people before they get their full blood meal," Kasianowitz explains. "They are out and about during the day, jumping from person to person trying to get their full blood meal."

DEP has launched a special pesticide spraying initiative around Hanover to kill both the Asian tiger and other types of mosquitoes.

Kasianowitz says the agency will expand the program if it is effective, but the determination likely won't be made until the end of mosquito season.

Authorities say West Nile Virus, which can be carried by mosquitoes, has not been found this year in any Asian tiger samples.

The insects can transmit the heartworm parasite to cats and dogs.

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