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Mosquitoes Are Back for Spring

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 LEWES, Del. - With the warmer weather and rain comes mosquitoes, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control wants Delawareans to know how to prevent an infestation.

DNREC reports there are about 59 species of mosquitos in the state. Not all are problematic, but the ones that are can be quite a nuisance. According to DNREC, the bugs make their breeding grounds in stagnant water and salt marshes. Stopping these habitat formations is the best way to halt mosquitoes in their tracks. However, if you are in an infested area, wearing repellant is key.

John Ghabra is the Chief Operations Officer of the Mosquito Authority, a company that helps homeowners safeguard their homes from the pesky bloodsuckers.

"These mosquitos are pretty relentless, when they're out, they're out, they're out to basically get blood, blood meal so they can fertilize those eggs," he explained. "Bushes, trees, shrubs, if you live near a marshland or anything like that you're gonna have a problem definitely, pretty much all of this area, you know Sussex County in general."

One of his customers, Frank Lutz, agreed that this time of year the amount of mosquitoes can become overwhelming.

"They're bad, we have tons of mosquitoes here and we get bit like crazy," complained. "You can't sit outside, you can't enjoy your outside, my kids get bit, my dogs out there, you can't enjoy your outside, it becomes a problem."

Prevention and source reduction are both DNREC and Ghabra's main words of wisdom.

"It's all about awareness, keeping the water element under control and those habitats," Ghabra said. "The more water we have standing, these are more breeding grounds for these mosquitos."

One species that has become a problem in Delaware, as well as the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, is the Asian Tiger Mosquito. It has white strips and is easy to spot. According to DNREC this species leaves itchy and painful bumps and is very aggressive. They are also daytime mosquitoes which is not as common.


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