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September 12, 2017 10:31 PM

Mosquito Explosion In Sioux Falls

An explosion Monday night in Sioux Falls has a lot of people talking.  You probably felt it, but you didn't hear it.  But the city sure heard all about it Tuesday morning. 

A late summer mosquito hatch has been all the buzz in Sioux Falls.   

Monday night, the city says there was an explosion of mosquitoes and people need to be concerned because September is the peak month for West Nile virus transmissions. 

That concerns mothers like Norma Aguilar.

"I have been very careful; I try to be the most careful that I can, especially with our baby," Aguilar said. 

Denise Patton, head of the Mosquito Control, took dozens of calls Tuesday morning and is busy mapping out areas of the city that will need spraying. 

"The rain we had a couple of weeks ago created a ton of water and we knew as soon as we had just enough warm weather for those to pop, they would," Patton said. 

The city collects data from its mosquito traps.  That determines when and where it needs to send out crews to spray. 

"Our traps we have out every day last week were really, really low and didn't constitute a spray, but of course today was our first collection of the week and they went up, as a result we'll be out spraying in some of those areas that are really bad," Patton said. 

Some of those targeted areas will be along the bike paths and parks on the city's south side, which is good news for people like Aguilar, who appreciates the city's efforts. 

"So you think Sioux Falls does a pretty good job, I would say so, I think so," Aguilar said. 

Patton encourages people to continue to use bug spray and wear long sleeves when outdoors.  Plus, spray around your own property and get rid of any standing water. 
 
The crews are out Tuesday night focusing spraying efforts in zones 1,2,3,4, and 9.  They'll be out until 1 a.m. 




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