Mosquitoes causing some schools to curtail where children can play

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KPLR) – The weather this summer was very good for mosquitoes.  A mild summer with dry periods between rains has left lots of standing water in the area.

That standing water has caused restriction on where children can play during recess at some Jefferson County School.

Last Wednesday students at Cedar Springs Elementary came in from recess complaining about mosquito bites.

Some were coming in with several bite welts after playing in a grassy field.

The health department says flooding over the summer created perfect conditions for mosquito breeding.

They say House Springs in one of three areas hit hard by mosquitoes this month.

But schools are doing their best to protect their students from getting any more bites.

On Friday the Jefferson County Health Department came out and sprayed around the school.

It helped enough that students could go outside again for recess but they are confined to the pavement or black top.

The health department is planning spray again Wednesday.

Last month the Jefferson County Health Department reported that they had found some mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  But they say these mosquitoes are a result of the flooding and are a different species that doesn’t carry West Nile.