ST. LOUIS — ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Earlier this week, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health recorded its first human case of West Nile Virus for the year, and 'Today in St. Louis' set to find out the age-old question: Just what can you do to prevent further spread of mosquitos?
According to the Department of Public Health, the St. Louis area is home to more than 50 different species of mosquito. But, of those 50 species, only a select few are the ones known to terrorize our bodies — and there's two in particular that St. Louis County targets above others:
- Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes Albopictus): This species is notable for their bright coat of white and silver along their abdomen, thorax, and legs. Most notably, they swarm your house and can breed in just a few drops of water. This species is also known to bite during the daytime just as much as they can at both dawn and dusk.
- House mosquito (Culex): This species is most known as the carrier of the West Nile Virus. According to Terminix, house mosquitos are the most common type of mosquito, and female mosquito of this species lays anywhere from 50 to 400 eggs at one time.
For more information on mosquito prevention, contact the department’s Vector Control office at 314-615- 0680 or visit the department’s website.