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Public enemy number one of summer fun

Who's responsible: D.C. Department of Health
Number of votes to fix: 4

The Asian tiger mosquito. The tiny pest strikes fear in the hearts of picnickers, patio sitters and lawn mowers across the D.C. area. The mosquito has gained a fearsome reputation as a relentless biter, since it was accidentally imported to the United States in the mid-'80s. A Fairfax County official put it baldly to The Post in 2006, "The power of this mosquito is unbelievable."

Griper Grace C. reported two months ago the mosquito had infested her neighborhood in the 4600 block of Clark Place in NW D.C. She wrote the D.C. Department of Health confirmed the block had a problem with the insects and even treated sewers with a larvacide, but, it seems, the problem persists.

A resident sent up the S.0.S. again a little over two weeks ago: "We are still plagued by these mosquitoes. None of us in this area have enjoyed their yards in years. Please help!!"

Dena Iverson, the communications director for the Department of Health, said she would investigate the department's efforts to combat the Asian tiger mosquito in the neighborhood and, also, when the department would initiate another round of treatment in the area.

We'll keep you posted...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 3, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  The District , Unfixed  
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We can now picnic at the park and relax in our backyard with the SansBug pop-up mosquito net tent.

Posted by: zena1 | August 4, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

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