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Officials Tell Delawareans to Brace for Mosquitoes

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Recent heavy rains are expected to bring a bumper crop of mosquitoes in Delaware this summer.

Officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Mosquito Control said Tuesday that the rain over the past week will leave lots of surface water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

Officials are urging residents to eliminate as much standing water as possible from their properties. That means draining gutters, birdbaths, rain barrels, old tires, flower pot liners, depressions in tarps covering boats, and unused swimming pools.

State mosquito control workers are inspecting and treating large mosquito habitats, including coastal marshes, impoundments and freshwater wetlands.

But they say they still will not be able to prevent waves of adult mosquitoes from emerging over the next two weeks from areas they cannot reach.

Residents who wish to contact DNREC Mosquito Control about spraying availability or to make a request for fogging should call (302) 739-9902.

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