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Public Asked to Join Battle Against Floodwater Mosquitoes

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that large numbers of floodwater mosquitoes appear about 2 weeks after heavy rains and flooding. 

Mosquitoes can develop in any standing water that is present for more than five days.

The Lawrence County, Illinois Health Department is applying larvicide to standing water.

However, it says the public can be a big help in stopping the reproduction of mosquitoes by
eliminating standing water, whether it be in old tires, buckets, tree stumps or other types of water holding containers.

Floodwater mosquitoes are rarely infected with the West Nile virus.

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