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Mosquitoes….pesky but important in nature

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Swarms of mosquitoes are the latest hardship facing North Florida residents as they clean up after Tropical Storm Debby.  Now a mosquito spraying task force has been activated by the state to provide relief requested by several counties.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports there are researchers who make a living studying mosquitoes and others who have found a way to add a little artistic humor to the subject.

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