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Mosquito Population Booming In Sioux Falls

June 23, 2014, 9:57 PM by Matt Holsen

Mosquito Population Booming In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The mosquito population is booming in Sioux Falls following recent rains. The floodwater wiped out a lot of treatments the city had already put in place to keep the pests away. Crews are back at work this week as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

Standing water from recent flooding is creating a lot of extra work for city crews as they try to get a handle on the mosquito population.

"We intend on spraying tonight, tomorrow, the next night, the next night.  We'll be doing a full citywide spray. Then, most likely if trap numbers are what we anticipate them to be, we'll probably start doing it again," Denise Patton with the Sioux Falls Health Department said.

Patton has been getting a lot of calls about mosquitoes. She says weekdays are fair game for spraying but the city stops Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Other than spraying, the majority of the mosquitoes they've been trapping don't carry the West Nile virus very well.

"So I think from a health perspective, we're doing ok. These are just nuisance and just kind of not a lot of fun around this time of year," Patton said.

The city has received a state grant to help fight mosquitoes in the two-mile perimeter outside of Sioux Falls too. Patton says the last time that happened, it really helped keep the population down within city limits.

On top of that, Patton says there are things you can do, like getting rid of standing water in flower pots and on children's playsets.

"Hopefully we can get them back down to a manageable level soon as long as Mother Nature cooperates with us," Patton said.

Coincidentally, our surge in mosquito numbers coincides with National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

Mosquito information from Sioux Falls

Interactive spray map 

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