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Record number of mosquitoes swarm one county

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Updated: 6/28/2013 6:21 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- They pester your picnics and irritate your outdoor activities.

Mosquitoes are multiplying in Clay County, thanks to stormy weather leaving behind standing water, which becomes breeding ponds for the little pests.

Clay County Public Works tracks and controls the mosquito population. Workers told Action News that 4000 mosquitoes were found this week in a single trap in Oakleaf Plantation. That's a record for this area.

"That's crazy and scary! I don't like that," said homeowner Marissa Elam.

County leaders say they're stepping up spraying in neighborhoods that need it most. And monitoring mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Action News checked with the Clay County Health Department and found out no mosquito-borne illnesses have been reported this year.

To keep it that way, make insect repellent with DEET your best friend and get rid of standing water around your home.

If you feel like mosquitoes are especially bad in your neighborhood, Clay County workers say they'll come check it out.
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