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Published May 16, 2013, 06:00 PM

Mosquito control readies for season

Our late cool spring has set back the arrival of Mosquitoes in the valley but Grand Forks Mosquito Control will be getting things into high gear starting next week.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Our late cool spring has set back the arrival of Mosquitoes in the valley but Grand Forks Mosquito Control will be getting things into high gear starting next week.

Grand Forks Mosquito Control has not been out here starting what is called larviciding -- putting pesticide in sitting water. That affects the development of the pests. Those doing outdoor activities are enjoying mosquito and bug-free times. Todd Hanson from Mosquito Control says they are about a week behind and start their major work next week. Hanson says sometimes flood years can be a problem because the pools of sitting water left behind become breeding grounds. But this has been a cool year and mosquitoes are behind in development.

Hanson: "If it's cool you are going to see less west nile virus activity. It's the hot and dry conditions that are ideal for the culex species that are common for the west nile."

Hanson says every year is different as to when mosquitoes become active. Warm and wet conditions work in their favor.

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