The goal is for the 25 Lexington backyards in the study to serve as a model for the effectiveness of various control products methods in U.S. suburban backyards. The yards are located throughout the city and were selected because of their size and landscape.
“Mosquito pressure in Lexington is somewhat higher this year than in recent years, but that varies from neighborhood to neighborhood,” said Grayson Brown, entomologist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Older neighborhoods are having more mosquitoes than normal, but that’s not the case in the newer ones.”
He said the increased mosquito pressure is likely due to the wet summer and that the mosquito populations started arriving a little earlier this spring.
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