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July 10, 2014 08:00 AM

Sioux Falls Mosquito Control Has A Busy Schedule

Sioux Falls, SD

Per capita, South Dakota has the largest population of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus -- it’s more than any other state in the country.

Because of that, the Mosquito Control division in South Dakota's largest city is staying busy to keep ahead of the growing mosquito population. They are looking for and treating different areas of Sioux Falls hoping to put a stop to the growing population this year.

Several mosquito traps are placed across Sioux Falls and each day researchers counts the thousands of mosquitoes caught and some of those bugs may be dangerous.

"Now we are seeing more diversity in our traps and we are seeing more of the disease spreading mosquitoes also," program coordinator Denise Patton said.

Darbie Moran counts the mosquitoes caught in the city's traps each day. She finds out exactly what types of mosquitoes the city is seeing this year.

"[I] find out if they are a certain species. The aedes vexins are the ones that are the biters that you notice more often and the other is the ones that can carry the West Nile virus," Moran said.

After a few rainy weeks, mosquitoes have been nearly everywhere, but they are slowly starting to die off. Patton says you shouldn't stop worrying about mosquitoes because this is the time of year the most dangerous mosquitoes could be the worse.

"It's just, this is the time of year, even though you're not getting bitten as much by the flood water mosquitos, if you get bit by a disease spreading mosquito it's not as noticeable, they don't bite as hard, but it only takes one." Patton said.

Patton suggests that everyone wear bug spray to reduce the chances of contracting West Nile.

For more infomation on Mosquito Control, visit siouxfalls.org/mosquito

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