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Recent rains are increasing pest populations

By Rachael Plath, Meteorologist, r.plath@krdo.com
Published On: Aug 27 2013 03:11:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 03:15:01 PM CDT

More standing water has increased the population of mosquitoes and other pests, and experts are predicting the “bug season” could last longer thanks to recent heavy rain.

After enduring several heavy rain events, many in southern Colorado are dealing with more insects.

“Water will stay in an area for a while and the eggs will hatch in 48 hours,” Michael Diaz, owner of Independent Pest Control, said about the increasing mosquito population.

Diaz said more water also means more wasps, ants, beetles and spiders.  He explained that it is likely these pests will last for longer this year too.

“The one good thing about pest control is water brings in business, but the bad part about that is everybody else is a victim,” said Diaz.

Diaz said if homeowners begin to notice a growing number of insects within their home, it may be time to seek professional help by a pest control expert.

He also suggested using insect repellants, wearing long sleeves and avoiding spending time outside during dusk and dawn, when insects tend to be most active.

According to the Pueblo County Department of Health, there have been mosquitoes in Pueblo County that tested positive for West Nile Virus this year.  There have not been any cases of the virus reported in humans in Pueblo or El Paso County; however, there have been 36 cases of the virus reported in humans in the state of Colorado.

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