Fight the bite this rainy season

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Nobody likes those pesky bugs that buzz and bite during the hot summer months.

And with a lot of rain in our forecast, minimizing where water collects could help you in the long run.

From toys to pools and even typical outdoor supplies, mosquitoes can find almost anything to lay their eggs in.

"It just takes about a little over a tablespoon of water and you'll be raising mosquitoes at your home," said Cindy Mulla with Beach Mosquito Control.

Mulla emphasized eliminating items that collect water couldn't be more important in the fight against mosquitoes.

"With the up and coming storms heading our way to Panama City Beach area and in our Bay County area, please make it a habit not just during tropical storm preparation, but every week to drain standing water around your home, residence, or at your business as well," Mulla said.

Mulla also said it's important to maintain this upkeep throughout the season.

"Mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in dark, damp places. Even if there is no water, she's still going to lay her eggs there, waiting for them. And those eggs can last possibly up to a year," said Mulla.

Besides minimizing their breeding habitats, experts like Mulla say some of the best ways to protect yourself are by buying products like bug spray and citronella candles that will help repel the mosquitos.

"You should always be wearing repellent every time you go outdoors because you're helping yourself from not receiving mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis and right now we are in the peak month for eastern equine encephalitis for our area," Mulla stressed.

Mulla said they can only do so much, but with the help of the community, they can make a large impact.

"Mosquito control is really up to you as an individual. We're here just to help keep our mosquito population in check and under control and we need your help. We can't do this alone. It's a community effort," she added.

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