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Precipitation Prompts Increase In Mosquito Population

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Mosquitoes are the silent blood suckers and the annoyance of the summer. They leave behind itching bites if we don't catch them in time.

Jesse Shaffer with Best Exterminators absolutely believes we will see more mosquitoes, because of tall grass and standing water generated by recent rains.

“It is probably going to be a lot worse this year than it has in maybe the past couple of decades,” said Shaffer.

While at home remedies like citronella candles help to keep these pests at bay, Shaffer said the best way to keep mosquitoes away from your home is removing anything moist and damp from your yard.

5/25/2015 Related Story: Recent Rains Forcing Creepy Crawlies Indoors

“You don't necessarily have to have pools of water to have mosquitoes,” he said.

Areas of standing water are a favorite spot of mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

“Nothing is going to get rid of them 100 percent so the best you can do is get rid of the place they like to harbor in,” said Shaffer.

To protect yourself from viruses mosquitoes carry this summer the health department recommends you follow the four "D's."

  1. DRAIN standing water
  2. Use insect repellant with DEET
  3. Stay indoors at DUSK and DAWN
  4. DRESS in long sleeves and pants

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