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Experts say the heavy rainfall has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Experts say the heavy rainfall has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It's that time of year again when mosquitoes can be a big headache, and this year may be a bit worse.

Experts say the heavy rainfall has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes breed very quickly and it only takes a bottle cap full of water to breed at least 100 mosquitoes. They can even smell a meal from up to 75 feet away. But there is hope if you want to enjoy the outdoors this season, make sure you get rid of the standing water where they breed. Shawn Taylor from the Muscogee County Department of Public Health says water may be in places you haven't even considered.

"Mosquitoes do need water to breed and some old tires hold water, children's toys, buckets, even a soda can with water in it will breed mosquitoes. Really anything that holds water," says Taylor.

To stop the breeding, pour sand or dirt on areas where water puddles form after heavy rainfall. Turn over trash cans and recycling bins, repair leaking outside faucets, and clean rain gutters that may be clogged.

The city has been spraying in areas known for breeding mosquitoes and in places where people gather, but they ask that everyone do their part to help keep the mosquitoes to a minimum.     

Taylor says so far mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have not been found in our area, but do pose a risk since they have been known to be in this area.

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