Mosquito's back again, free repellents in Reno County

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Reno County Health Department gave away free mosquito dunk repellents Tuesday for those dealing with standing water and high mosquito populations.

According to Nick Baldetti, you dump them in standing bodies of water where the larva can prosper.

"What happens is the larva will eat these mosquito dunks, or what's encapsulated within these mosquito dunks and it will kill the larva," Baldetti said.

You use certain amounts of them depending on the size of the water. You use one full dunk for more than 100 square feet of water and for 25 to 100 square feet of water. Anything less and it goes down. Half a dunk for 5 to 25 square feet, and a quarter of a dunk for 1 to 5 square feet.

Mosquito activity is monitored in Reno County, and with the recent rain Baldetti said they've noticed a rise in populations.

"We're going to have a pretty high concentration of mosquito's coming into the beginning of June," he said.

He said while they haven't noticed a carrier of the West Nile Virus strain itself, they have noticed a rise in the species that carries that strain. Pipeline workers for Progressive Pipeline are working in Hutchinson and have said they are dealing with mosquito's on their job site.

"Oh yeah there were several out there," said Jim Dugard.

The employees live on the state fairgrounds in campers. There is some standing water there and another employee said he can't get away from them where he lives either.

"They rough," said Matt Wright. "I mean every time you step outside boy they get you."

Most of these employees are away from their home states with Dugard being from Mississippi, and Wright being from Texas. So Wright said spray repellent is about all they have with them.

"When I get off work I smell like, diesel," Wright said. "I'm in oil and diesel all day so when I get home I don't want to spray nothing on me, I want to be fresh, but you got to do what you go to do sometimes I guess."

You can't drain lakes or all stagnant water that exists, so Baldetti said you can take advantage of these resources and take care of the problem before it starts.

"In specific areas where they might prosper, your culverts and things like that throwing a dunk in to try and prevent the mosquito population from rising," he said.

They ran out of mosquito dunks Tuesday, but Baldetti said they plan to restock. When they do, people can go to the Reno County Health Department, tell them about their standing water and mosquito issue and receive them for free.

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