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Flood waters impacting number of mosquitoes in Siouxland


Mosquitoes are a part of summer, but this year experts said the number of mosquitoes could increase because of flooding and rising water. By August and September disease-carrying mosquitoes are become prevalent.

It usually starts with that annoying buzzing sound. Followed by a quick pinch. Then a slap of the hand. All leading up to many days worth of itching and scratching.

"Anytime you have wet weather, there's the chance that you're going to increase the insect population. You're certainly going to increase mosquitoes," said Tyler Brock from Siouxland District Health.

Places with standing water are one of the biggest breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Because of this year's flooding, there's no shortage of the insects.

"The more standing water the more opportunity there is for them to lay their eggs and increase their numbers," said Brock.

Tyler Brock from Siouxland District Health said the little bump that you're constantly itching can be more than just an inconvenience. With all the flooding, he says it's possible that we could see more of the disease-carrying insect in the late-summer and early fall.

"We are expecting to see some West Nile virus. Again, it's not something that most of us will have a major problem with," said Brock

But there are some things you can do to be prepared and to protect yourself just in case. Brock suggests avoiding being outdoors during dawn and dusk.

"That's when they're the most active. So, if you can wear pants and socks when your out and about during those times," said Brock.

However, Brock said the best way to prevent a bite is by using a mosquito repellant with DEET.

"DEET is actually the ingredient that repels mosquitoes. It actually prevents them from actually finding you," said Brock.

It's not uncommon for mosquitoes to bite through thin layers of fabric, so be sure to cover your clothing with bug spray as well to help take the bite out of summer.


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