The warmer temperatures mean that mosquito season could last a bit longer than usual.

WBOC reports that the Delaware health officials say that it could last for another three to four weeks.

Dr. Bill Meredith with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that they won’t disappear until there is a hard freeze.

He added there is also the continuing threat of West Nile virus that is spread by the insect.

It’s recommended that residents remove standing water and wear long-sleeved clothes during this period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Summer may be over, but state environmental officials are reminding Delawareans that the bugs are still biting.

Officials say the recent detection of West Nile virus in caged chickens that are monitored for mosquito-borne diseases serves notice that mosquitoes remain active, especially during unseasonably warm weather.

William Meredith, Delaware's Mosquito Control Section administrator, says concerns about mosquito-borne diseases could continue for several more weeks, with the peak period for transmission lasting into mid-October.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they've begun their efforts to combat mosquitoes for the summer.

Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder said in a statement Tuesday that the "Zika virus continues to be a major public health concern" in the state and that officials "remain vigilant in our efforts to fight the disease here in Maryland."

Officials will be working to eliminate potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and will also be spraying to control the population.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials are encouraging residents to help combat the spread of the Zika virus as mosquito season begins.

The Virginia Health Department's Zika website provides information about how residents can take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness. Zika can cause serious birth defects in pregnant women.

There have been 115 reported cases of Zika in Virginia since December 2015. Those have all been cases in which someone traveled to a Zika-affected area. There were no locally transmitted cases.

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Maryland facilities are on the hunt for the Zika virus.

The state only accounts for 3 percent of the cases nationally.

But there are five agencies that are searching for the virus

They range from the Johns Hopkins Hospital and military installations like Walter Reed to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told WBOC that Maryland is a natural home for such research given the number of health related institutions in the state.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials asked residents in some parts of Baltimore to stay inside Sunday night while the city sprays to control mosquitoes.

Truck-based spraying began around 10 p.m. between Coolidge Avenue and Benson Avenue and Sharonleigh Road to South Grantley Street.

The city says it's expanding its mosquito control efforts to address growing concerns over the West Nile and Zika virus.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say Medicaid recipients can now get benefit coverage for over-the-counter mosquito repellents.

Officials say the move is intended to help protect against the Zika virus.

Over-the-counter insect repellents generally are not covered by Medicaid. But the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently allowed states to cover mosquito repellents for Medicaid recipients when prescribed by an authorized health professional.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, the first such pool found in the state this year.

The Department of Agriculture said in a news release Tuesday that workers mosquitoes collected mosquitoes in Capitol Heights on July 19. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in those mosquitoes on July 27.

Officials say truck sprayed the area to control adult mosquitoes.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia health officials say they will extend testing for the Zika virus in mosquitoes to the Hampton Roads region.

WTKR-TV reports that none of Virginia's mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus so far. But the state health commissioner says it's likely a matter of time before some will become infected. The virus is known to cause birth defects.

Dr. Marissa Levine, the health commissioner, said more testing will help the state get ahead of Zika and mitigate its spread. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The commonwealth of Virginia will now be able to timely detect any potential Zika virus outbreaks.

Vrginia's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services announced Monday that it is now able to test blood samples for the Zika virus after being appropriately designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.