Experts: Mosquitoes breeding in flooded areas
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - With all of the rain, many of you are dealing with standing water as we head into the holiday weekend. That water becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
For Kim and Robert Wilding, the first week of July is a tradition.
"This is the only time we're together," said Kim, of North Fort Myers.
It's when their three grandchildren visit from Pennsylvania. But this year will be different.
"We're probably going to stay in the house," added Kim. "What choice do we have?"
Mosquitoes are already dampening their Fourth of July plans.
"It makes me angry because then i have these really ugly marks on my arms and they freak me out," said Kim's grand daughter, Sarah, as she showed Fox 4 her mosquito bites.
Lee County Mosquito Control says many more are expected to hatch soon because of standing water throughout the county. And until the weather clears, not much can be done.
"When it's raining or the winds are very high, it's limited what we can do," said Shelly Redovan, the deputy director of Lee County Mosquito Control. "Most of the time we're waiting for the weather to clear so we can go out."
Experts study unhatched, or baby mosquitoes, in basins in the lab. And adults in cages. It's where entomologists look at ways to treat them.
"We hear it's the black, vicious mosquito's or its the large hairy looking mosquitoes," described Redovan, about how people describe the pests.
Back at the Wildings, Kim's grandson, Tony, says he's bracing for the days ahead. "If there's tons of mosquitoes, ill get tons of bug bites and I'm not going to like that," he said.
They say the family dog has the itch, too.
Lee Control says unless there's a break in the weather to spray, the eggs are expected to hatch by the weekend.