Fighting the bite this mosquito season

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While the recent rain might be good for our yards and flowers, it could be bad for those who love the outdoors.

Pools of standing water, especially in unlikely places, could create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Heather Kretzer, Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Bay County said, "Toys that the kids have, you know, wagons, dump trucks, the top of the sandbox that wasn't closed up. So, dumping all that standing water out is always a good idea."

"Go around your property and be familiar with things that would hold standing water," said Cindy Mulla of the Beach Mosquito Control District.

Those mosquitos may give you more than an itch.

"When a mosquito bites, they can transmit certain types of diseases and illnesses in human beings," Kretzer explained.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states diseases spread by ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes has tripled from 2004 to 2016.

The most prevalent in our area is West Nile Virus, and while Department of Health officials say those cases are rare, residents should still be prepared.

"Another step you can take is mosquito repellent that has DEET in it or keeping yourself covered with clothing as much as possible too," Kretzer added.

In addition to fighting mosquitoes at home, the Beach Mosquito Control District is itching to help residents as well.

"Doing the adulticidng, is we kill the adult mosquitoes, that's our last form of defense. Our job is basically to control the mosquito populations," said Mulla.

If you believe too many mosquitoes are flying around in your area don't hesitate to give the Mosquito Control District a buzz.

"We encourage, no matter where you live, to call your local Mosquito Control District because we go by the number of requests that we get," Mulla added.

The Mosquito Control District will also use mosquito fish native to our area to control the larvae population.

Officials also say major rain events and rising temperatures can contribute to mosquito eggs hatching.

Other places that standing water can accumulate are inside of trash like potato chip bags or Styrofoam cups.