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Hot, wet weather creates overpopulation of mosquitoes

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Updated: 5/22/2013 8:58 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- More than 50 traps are set up across St. Johns County to try and monitor the recent overpopulation of mosquitoes, and by the looks of things, business is booming.

Tens of thousands of blood sucking, potentially disease-carrying critters are creating a nuisance for St. Johns County.

A massive pile caught by Anastasia Mosquito Control is just a small dent in the population.

"Last two weeks it had been around 24, then 30, and then around 1,200 plus," said Jodi Scott, public relations specialist at Anastasia Mosquito Control.

The hot temperatures and heavy rains we've experienced are a recipe for disaster, speeding up the process of emersion from larvae to adults.

Action News talked with neighbors, who say they feel like prisoners in their own homes.

"The first night I was here, they were pretty bad. Last night I decided to buy some citronella candles and set them around the back porch, which is actually screened in. I did notice mosquito bites this morning, " said Leah Walker whose backyard backs up to a large pond.

Neighbors are not getting relief this week. We are expecting more rain.

"If the temperature keeps increasing like it's supposed to, then we're expecting more mosquitos and standing water," warned Scott.

Standing water near your home can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so it's best to dump it out or call the experts to come and fix the problem.
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