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Fighting Against Mosquitoes, Tough With Standing Water

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With all the rain that's fallen here in the valley, Vector Control says mosquitoes are breeding in large numbers. They expect outdoors are going to get worse, quickly! It's a battle being fought everywhere in the region.

Ben Prather, with Cass County Vector Control says it’s that time of year. "We know there are mosquitoes coming, we know there are some out there right now," he says the battle in Fargo-Moorhead is pretty typical for this time of year. "Another 4 inch rain fall it will be an entirely different tune for me," Prather adds.

But, places like Detroit Lakes, or the Twin Cities are dealing with bigger issues. That’s due to more rain fall. The amount of larva might be the worst they have seen in 10 or 15 years.

"If the conditions continue like it has been it's just going to be an ongoing, on slot of mosquitoes, literally every time it rains it produces another batch of mosquitoes," says Prather.

No matter where you are in the region, with all the water on the ground, the bugs are out aggressively biting.

While Cass County Sprayed on Friday, they can't control all the bugs. So, for your yard you will want to look for something with permethrin in it. Something like Raid.

The cheapest way to prevent mosquitoes this year is by cleaning up your backyard, because adult mosquitoes like to hangout in grass. So, now's the time to get rid of it.

And don't forget to protect yourself, experts say pick something with deet.

Cass County Vector Control doesn't know yet when they will be able to spray again. Hopefully they will spray later this week, if the weather permits. Until then, they say it's important to take matters into your own hands.

If you don't have mosquito control in your area, they say using a fogger or spraying your yard is a good idea.
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