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Published May 23, 2013, 10:05 PM

How to prepare for pesky mosquito season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Maybe the only downfall to our warmer weather is the dreaded insects you can now expect to be flying around, mosquitos.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Maybe the only downfall to our warmer weather is the dreaded insects you can now expect to be flying around, mosquitoes.

With all of our recent rain, standing water is now allowing them to multiply.

It's the last thing you want to hear when you're lounging by the lake. To hopefully lessen that dreaded noise, Cass County Vector Control is out testing and treating standing water, hoping to kill as many larva as possible.

Carter Woodley, Cass Co. Vector Supervisor: “This whole week, pretty much, we've been just focusing on water. We like to kill as many as we can in the water so they don't bother anyone else and spread any kind of disease.”

Vector supervisor Carter Woodley says numbers of mosquitos are low now, because the life cycle is just starting. Larva has four cycles before emerging off the water.

Woodley: “We're seeing about the first and second stage, and we thought we'd be seeing about the third or fourth by now, but they are going a little slower so we'll have today, tomorrow, and they probably won’t come off the water until mid to late next week.”

After a rain storm, it typically takes 10 days for a full larva cycle, but our cooler temperatures at night are actually helping us out.

Woodley: “The mosquitos are developing a little slower than we anticipated too, so we should have plenty of time to get after them.”

Since you can almost guarantee mosquitos will pop up at your backyard barbeques or lake side parties, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the pesky insects, like wearing more neutral colors, instead of bright ones.

Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension Entomologist: “They are more attracted to the contrast.”

Another thing, keep a manicured lawn. Mow regularly, and keep plant and shrubs trimmed.

Knodel: “They rest in the shrubs during the day.”

Also, get rid of standing water around your home.

Knodel: “Mosquitos need the ponding for the water to live and reproduce.”

Although we do have about another week until the full force of the swarm hits us, it might be a good idea to start preparing now rather than swatting about it later.

Vector control will be spraying in the next few weeks, if needed.

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