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Rain sends number of mosquitoes soaring

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Posted: Jun 5, 2014 4:16 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jun 5, 2014 5:56 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: West Baton Rouge, Port Allen, mosquito, mosquito control, mosquitoes

PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control plans to ramp up spraying after millions of mosquitoes spawned with last week's rain.

Just Wednesday night, George Bragg with mosquito control collected more than 500 mosquitoes in one trap in Port Allen.

"It's a pretty good amount for just a rain event, not a hurricane type event, so we definitely have somewhat of a problem over here with some high populations going on," he said.

Mosquito control says it's the time of the year to watch out for the West Nile Virus. Bragg says you should wear mosquito repellent and empty containers with standing water. Mosquito control plans to spray several times a week to knock down the mosquito population.

"As long as that's the only rain we have, they'll eventually start dying off because there's no more water. The water will eventually start sinking into the ground. There will be no other places to breed. That combined with us spraying, we'll eventually put an end to the situation," said Bragg.

There has not been a case of West Nile in the parish this year, but there were cases last year.

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