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Published July 05, 2011, 09:42 PM

How You Can Help Control West Nile's Spread

July and August are peak months for the West Nile virus to show up in humans. That's why officials are asking people to help them control the mosquito population.

July and August are peak months for the West Nile virus to show up in humans. That's why officials are asking people to help them control the mosquito population.

Recent rains have raised the river, and water around the edges is the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

And over long periods of time, those stagnant waters attract mosquitoes.

"We could have a heavy downpour and you're not going to see the mosquitoes the next day, but in a couple of weeks is when you'll start seeing them," Todd Hanson with the Grand Forks Mosquito Patrol said.

Hanson is asking residents to keep an eye on their standing water because we're entering the peak of the West Nile season.

"I suspect that we'll probably start seeing some West Nile virus in North Dakota. The virus is here, it's just a matter of us identifying it in a surveillance program," Hanson said.

One case of human West Nile virus has been found in Mississippi. And closer to home, a case has been found in Minnesota in a bird.

Last year, North Dakota saw nine cases of West Nile in humans and Hanson says city crews are doing what they can to help prevent an outbreak.

"If we go out and spray and have a good spray and knock down the mosquito population in town, they can migrate back in real quick," Hanson said.

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