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If there’s a downfall that comes with the summer environment, mosquitos are definitely at the top of the list.

The nuisance is unavoidable, but there’s some things you can do to help.

The sun is out, the temps are rising, which leaves many of us to believe the aftermath of recent flooding will soon be a concern of the past.

But not quite yet.

“Water and heat,” Joni Wise said.

The only accommodation mosquitoes need to breed, multiply and infest.

“With all the rain we’ve had, the possibility of water being in areas where it shouldn’t, chances are great for the mosquito population to breed which makes the chance of having West Nile virus even more so.”

Wise, with the Vigo County Health Department says emptying standing water on any surface in your yard can help.

That means pools, kids toys, litter wven a pop bottle cap can provide breeding grounds for thousands of larvae.
   
“Are your gutters working properly, do your screens have holes in them? If so, get them working optimally,” Wise said.

Car tires are also a great source for breeding grounds, holding water, attracting heat.

That’s why the health department hosts tire amnesty month where you can have tires removed from your yard for free.

The program’s been coming along since April and already four trailers are full of tires.

“My neighbor, I was just talking about this yesterday it’s hilarious, he says he’s seen mosquitos already,” Fred Bauer said.

Terre Haute resident Fred Bauer says every year the mosquito problem seems worse.

He says he doesn’t have standing water in his yard, but it’s a conversation he’ll have with his neighbor if needed.

Enjoying summer activities for Bauer can only be complete with bug spray containing Deet.

“Yeah, it’s the only way. There are so many mosquitos around here.” 

Fred Bauer also tells me that he’s noticed the health department sprays for mosquitos around the county later in the year than they used to. The vector control told me today that it varies based on mosquito populations this year they’re still trying to hire staff to drive the trucks. They started spraying for mosquitos around July last year.

 

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