Rain Attractings Mosquitos to Bay County

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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- Panama City Beach has a lot of standing water in ditches and low lying areas, after 8-to-10 inches of rain last week.

"Now within the next week or so, usually 7 to 10 days after a major rain event that's when you'll start seeing the mosquitos, so we want to encourage the local citizens to please drain standing water around them and take precautions and to wear repellent if they are working outside," said Cindy Mulla, Beach Mosquito Control District.

Beach Mosquito Control workers are targeting some of the worst locations.

"We're going to be out with our helicopter larva sighting, which is trying to control the larvae before they emerge as adults mosquitos," said James Clauson, Beach Mosquito Control District.

They're also putting their mosquito educational trailer on the road.

The trailer is filled with books, posters and other items explaining the importance of mosquito protection and prevention.

There are many things you can do to protect yourself, and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses.

You can become less visible to mosquitoes if they wear light colored clothing instead of dark or bright colors.

Also, wear clothing that covers your skin.

Stay indoors at dusk and dawn.

Use mosquito replant containing deet.

And don't forget the protect your pets.

They can contract heart worms through mosquito bites.