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SWARM STOPPERS: Rain may bring swarm of mosquitoes; Wagner provides prevention methods

April 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recent heavy rains have primed Whitley County to be a possible breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Scott Wagner, Whitley County’s environmental health specialist, said as the temperatures rise, standing water will become attractive pools for mosquitoes to hatch.

“Typically the mosquitoes that bite and transmit the West Nile virus start moving when the temperatures get above 65 degrees,” Wagner said. “Although we haven’t had those kind of temperatures yet, we will be getting warmer and it’s time for people to start thinking about mosquitoes.”

Moving water, such as streams, deter breeding activity, but Wagner said it is the small puddles and rain water collected in artificial containers that becomes the concern.

“With all the rain, it is easy for these pockets of standing water to accumulate,” Wagner said. “Now is the time to be thinking about getting rid of that standing water and preventing mosquitoes breeding there.”

Purdue University Professor Emeritus of Entomology Ralph Williams told an area newspaper that bad mosquito seasons are not new to Indiana, but even with the large amount of rain received, there is nothing to “panic about yet.”

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