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Workers Treat a Crop of Mosquitoes in Delaware

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CAMDEN, Del.- Recent heavy rains are expected to bring an abundance of mosquitoes in Delaware this summer.

Workers with the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Mosquito Control Section say that could cause not only a quality of life issue, but also a health issue.

Workers are scattered across the state looking for mosquito larvae.

"The adult mosquitoes are starting to emerge and cause problems for landowners," said Jamie Joachimowski, an environmental scientist with the Mosquito Control Section.

Joachimowski said woodland areas are challenging to treat.

"Usually we have one breed of mosquitoes that come from the woodland pools and then in the summer they dry down and we don't have a problem until the next season," he said. "This year because of the vast amount of rain across Delaware, we're seeing these woodlands flood up again in an area that typically doesn't flood unless we get a tropical storm."

Nancy Lehman, of Milford said mosquitoes have been pestering her more than usual.  

"They attack and you don't even know it and they're tiny. Tiny little things," Lehman said.

Lehman said she has a leaking garden hose that drips into a large container in her backyard. She also has a creek behind her home.

"It's a problem, but really I can't do too much about that. You have to be vigilant and keep your eye out for water and that standing water is not good," Lehman said.

The Mosquito Control Section is trying to control the problem.

"As much water we have out here we don't have the manpower to cover every single habitat that's why we're urging landowners to do their part," Joachimowski said.

Joachimowski is encouraging homeowners to do their part to stay safe from getting bit by a mosquito. He said the Mosquito Control Section will continue its efforts of treating and spraying areas prone to mosquitoes for the next two weeks. After that it will reassess the situation.

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