MO floods create breeding ground for mosquitoes

MISSOURI (KFVS) - As parts of the Heartland recover from the heaviest flooding in years, you might notice a bit of a mosquito problem.

Those who work to kill off the nuisance say this region's recent weather conditions have been perfect for the bug to thrive.

Chris Horrell with Bug Zero said he's been busier this year, spraying homes to kill off the thousands of mosquitoes that have been ruining outdoor activities.

In addition to the standing water that's still around to the temperatures, mosquitoes have had an easier time this season to grow in numbers.

He said the bad news is you're never going to eliminate the mosquito problem. The good news is there are a lot of ways to avoid getting bit.

Horrell said mosquitoes are attracted to water, and it doesn't take a lot.

"It doesn't have to be a lake or a pond. It can be like a road ditch maybe by your house that has a quarter of an inch of water is all it takes. So, like a Frisbee, a kids toy, a bucket that holds water at the top or a pet dish that doesn't get used regularly. Anything like that that can hold water can be a potential breeding ground," he said.

Some of the area's Public Works Departments are aware of the problem too.

You might see them out spraying in your neighborhood three times a week.

On top of that, in Charleston, Mo., officials say they're dropping tablets into standing water that prevent mosquito larvae from hatching.

Horrell said popular places where you'll find the insect includes flower pots, bird baths and neglected swimming pools.

Anytime you are going outside, spray your skin and clothes with bug repellent containing the chemical deet.

Children between the ages of of two and 12 years old should use sprays containing no more than 10 percent deet.

Anyone above the age of 12 years old should use repellents with no more than 50 percent deet.

Wear long clothing and avoid extensive outdoor time at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Also avoid areas with standing water. Clean out standing water around the home in places like lawn decorations, toys and gardening supplies

Changing the water in birdbaths, pet water bowls and smalls fountains about every other day can also help.

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