Summer Pests

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...or chomp on that campfire wienie...or frolic in the lush green grass...stop. Here's a Notebook update on the critters that can spoil your summertime fun:

MOSQUITOES Weird wet weather in late spring followed by tropical heat is blamed for record mosquito infestations as health officials brace for more cases of encephalitis, West Nile fever, E. coli and other skeeter-borne maladies this summer.

DIRTY WATER Each year animal and human feces contaminate pools, rivers, even fountains with Giardia, shigella and more. Part of Colorado's Aurora Reservoir was closed last week...

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