Aug 13, 2020 12:43 AM

Rains in July enhance the population of mosquitoes

Posted Aug 13, 2020 12:43 AM

Mosquitoes are populating Geary County in expanded numbers. Chuck Otte, Extension Agent, remembered that in July there was about 185 percent of normal rainfall. "Anytime you have warm conditions and extra rain you're going to have mosquitoes because you are going to have standing water around."

Otte said the key is to get rid of the standing water to eliminate the breeding places. Fogging and spraying do not help.

Otte noted that in the current temperatures a new generation of mosquitoes can be hatched in seven or eight days. "People with bird baths, with outdoor pet water, they need to be dumping or refilling those about every two or three days just to get rid of any mosquito larvae that are building up in them."