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Published June 15, 2012, 07:01 PM

Dry Weather Makes for a Nearly Mosquito-free Spring

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Thanks to a dry spring, we're seeing fewer mosquitoes in the area. As far as the pests go, officials say this has been one of the best years we've ever had.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Thanks to a dry spring, we're seeing fewer mosquitoes in the area. As far as the pests go, officials say this has been one of the best years we've ever had.

The mosquito trap count, which gives Mosquito Control an idea of how many of the bugs are out there has been very low. Grand Forks Mosquito Control says that has a lot to do with the weather.

It's one of the best springs in a long time to be outside. With warm temperatures and the fact there have been few mosquitoes, Eric Askjem was out Friday playing frisbee golf.

"There hasn't been any mosquitoes at all and I play everyday. I go down by the river and not even one bug," Askjem said.

Since mid-May, a small fleet of ATV's and larvaciding crews have been adding chemicals to places where there is sitting water like the coulees, ditches and catch basins.

"We have the ability to go to a water site and destroy the mosquitoes before they hatch out as adults. That is where our success comes," Mosquito Control Supervisor Todd Hanson said.

Hanson says because the ground is so dry, most of the rain that we have been getting has soaked into the ground, and is not pooling.

"We go three miles out, so we're doing the road-side ditches, that is a lot of our areas but the interstate ditches and just throughout town, there is a lot of different sites that we treat on a regular schedule and that we inspect and check for mosquito larvae," Hanson said.

Hanson says occasionally, even with very low mosquito numbers city-wide, there are some people that can still have a problem with the bugs.

"There may be a site that we have missed or a new site that we didn't realize it was there and if we are not treating it, it can be producing mosquitoes," Hanson said.

Hanson says he expects to see a few more of the mosquitoes after the recent rains Grand Forks has been received. The city has not had to do a city-wide spay yet.

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