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With Floods, Mosquito Population On The Rise

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They are annoying and can chase you indoors during the summer. Earlier it was gnats. Now the mosquitoes have moved in. They'll be increasing in the next few weeks.

"This is where the mosquitoes are collected," Scott County Health Department's Jackie Hall said as she surveyed one of three light traps in Scott County where experts can keep tabs on the mosquito population.

She says as the floodwaters start to go down, guess what happens.

When the floodwaters recede, we will see an increase of the floodwater mosquitos,"shee said "These are the nuisance biters. Not necessarily the ones that carry disease.

Lee Ford lives in Davenport and says when it gets dark, mosquitoes have a field day in his neighborhood.

"Once it starts getting dark down here, they pretty much come out and eat you up," Ford said.

That's when Lee takes cover.

"You go in the house before mosquitoes start biting," he said. "That's what you do."

What other steps can you take? Don't leave water sitting around. Experts say change the water daily in your bird bath because it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Flower pots, gutters, and other items all have the potential to attract mosquitoes.

In Iowa, mosquito numbers this summer are trailing last year's totals. Later in the season, experts will be on the lookout for an increase in mosquitoes which carry disease, especially the West Nile virus.

"I noticed this morning when I went out in the yard, the mosquitoes just about carried me away," Iowa State University Extension's Duane Gissel said. "So they are definitely on the increase."

Mosquito activity is usually heaviest right at dusk.


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