While they may not be more than a quarter-of-an-inch long, mosquitoes continue to be a big nuisance every summer.
The April flood left standing water in much of our area which is perfect breeding ground for the insect.
Females lay their eggs just above the surface of water in containers like birdbaths, pools, holes in trees, pet water dishes, old tires, and roof gutters.
10 days after hatching they are completely grown and able to bite humans, pets, and other animals.
Some carry diseases like West Nile Virus, which took the lives of 12 people in Illinois last year, and 286 lives nationwide.
Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn and
are attracted to dark clothing, perspiration, and carbon dioxide.
To avoid being bitten, wear light-colored clothing and apply insect repellent. The more deet a product contains, the longer the repellent can protect against bites.
Crews will continue to monitor the area’s mosquito population throughout the summer with the use of 15 traps, which are tested for West Nile Virus on a weekly basis.
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