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Recent Rainfall Means Higher Mosquito Population

Updated: 06/12/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 06/12/2014 8:11 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Lots of rain means standing water, which also means more mosquitoes.

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said the number of mosquitoes is pretty high right now, and it's been a challenge to control the population this year.

Fifty-percent of the treatment budget was used up by Memorial Day. The other 50 percent has to last them for the rest of the summer.

Experts are hoping the population will drop sometime around July 4. But we need some dry days to make that happen.

"Those hot dry days kind of dries them out and they don't live as long that way. Days like today 65 degrees and damp - mosquitoes really like that, it doesn't stress them too much,” said mike McLean with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District.

When the mosquito population drops, don’t drop your guard.

Experts say late-season mosquitos are more dangerous because they've been around for months and are more likely to carry diseases like West Nile Virus.


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