COVID-19 May Lead to More Mosquito Complaints

CLEARWATER -- Because of COVID-19, more people are staying in their backyards, discovering all the mosquitoes that live there.

Numbers from Pinellas County show that mosquito populations have been either at or below average this summer. But mosquito COMPLAINTS have risen more than 200 percent year-to-year in June and July.

Alissa Berro with Pinellas Mosquito Control believes people are noticing the mosquitoes that breed in the water that collects in people's yards. She says dumping out standing water once a week should cut down the number of bloodsuckers in your backyard.

Mosquitoes that live in standing water near people can transmit a number of infectious diseases, including dengue fever and Zika. But COVID-19 is one disease that is not transmitted by mosquitoes.

Listen to an interview with Alissa Berro on Beyond the News:

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