Recent rains means more mosquitoes

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It's that season again where those pesky mosquitoes are out in full force. City of Pratt Public Works Director, Russell Rambat said, "we've been getting some reports of mosquito issues especially in the parks."

Those recent rains and heat aren't helping. You might notice more mosquitoes buzzing around, especially near areas where there is standing water. That's why the City of Pratt wants to combat the problem.

Rambat said, "we have a fogger unit, we will get out a midnight on two different nights, that's what it takes to cover the town completely. We do each of the parks twice."

And for those areas more prone to standing water, "we'll go out and distribute the briquettes, that creates a thin layer on the surface of the water that discourages the mosquitoes from breeding."

It's not just Pratt tracking mosquitoes. Sedgwick County has nine special traps set throughout the city. Christopher Rogers, University of Kansas Invertebrate Zoologist said, "what this trap has up here is dry ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide and from these holes here the carbon dioxide, the dry ice melts, the gas comes out, mosquitoes follow that trail."

Those mosquitoes are sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to get test for the West Nile Virus.

Sedgwick County Interim Health Department, Adrienne Byrne said, "we get weekly reports through KDHE as these traps are monitored weekly and then we review it."

From there they can decide what plan of action to take if those mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus.

Experts say if this wet weather continues, expect an aggressive mosquito season. Rogers said, "I do think we are going to see a lot more mosquitoes this year than last year because of this rain

So far these traps have not captured too many mosquitoes. However, last year, toward the end of the summer that was a different story. "We were getting traps that had well over one thousand."

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