Environment: The Bugs Are Out There Biting

For many regions, a rainy spring spawns a summer of mosquitoes

In addition to floods, mudslides and other natural havoc, this year's wet weather has had some less publicized if irritating consequences. Their ranks swollen by record springtime rains, mosquitoes are attacking in force in many parts of the country, feasting on their human prey with buzzing fury. To Gary Benzon, mosquito-control superintendent for Plymouth County, Mass., south of Boston, there is no doubt that this will be a bumper summer for the pesky insects. "In an average year we get about a thousand...

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