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Mosquitoes could be on the rise with recent wet weather

WICHITA, Kansas - With summer nearly here, it will soon be time for the return of mosquito season in Kansas.  The recent wet weather is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and the onset of West Nile virus. In recent years-- it's caused concerns among public health departments

Some of the sounds and sights of summer are back, but no one likes to hear about the return of mosquito season. The Sedgwick County Health Department insists people should pay attention to mosquitoes.

"Mosquitoes can transmit diseases the most important one we have here in Sedgwick county is West Nile virus," said  Christine Steward, a epidemiologist for the Sedgwick County Health Department.

To prevent West Nile it's vital to prevent mosquitoes experts recommend the three D's: Drain, Dress and DEET.

The county has nine traps set up to help count the number of mosquitoes in an area, when those numbers spike, they treat ponds like this one with a mosquito drop, a pesticide designed to get rid of the pests.

"We know when there is an increase in mosquitoes, a dramatic increase in mosquitoes that could indicate the potential for viruses spread by those mosquitoes," Steward said.

So far, the number of mosquitoes caught in the traps are on pace with last year. Testing began in May and continues through September.

 

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