Keep the mosquitoes away this summer

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Craig Stoops, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and chief science officer at Mosquito Authority, a mosquito control company. Valley News/Courtesy photo
HICKORY, N.C. – Summer is on its way, which means so are mosquitoes. The flying pests invade neighborhoods like an army, but they aren’t just a backyard nuisance with bites that itch. They also can carry dangerous diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika virus. Most regions of the U.S. have issues with mosquitoes, but knowing prevention and mitigation measures can stop them from mushrooming into a big problem, Craig Stoops, Ph.D., a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and chief science officer at Mosquito Authority, a mosquito control company, said. “People are unfortunately attractive to mosquitoes,” Stoops said. “But there are numerous ways we can avoid the irritation and the potential danger of a bite. So much has to do with preparing your property and knowing ho
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