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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Recent heavy rains have primed Whitley County to be a possible breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Scott Wagner, Whitley Countyâ€™s environmental health specialist, said as the temperatures rise, standing water will become attractive pools for mosquitoes to hatch.
â€śTypically the mosquitoes that bite and transmit the West Nile virus start moving when the temperatures get above 65 degrees,â€ť Wagner said. â€śAlthough we havenâ€™t had those kind of temperatures yet, we will be getting warmer and itâ€™s time for people to start thinking about mosquitoes.â€ť
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.
â€śWith all the rain, it is easy for these pockets of standing water to accumulate,â€ť Wagner said. â€śNow is the time to be thinking about getting rid of that standing water and preventing mosquitoes breeding there.â€ť
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 â€śpanic about yet.â€ť
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