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Mosquito season: How should you prepare for it

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Get ready to see more and more mosquitoes.

Experts say the time is now to do your part to prevent them from spreading. They encourage you to dump out any standing water on your property, which is where mosquitoes breed.

“West Nile virus is endemic, it’s here, it’s here to stay, we will see it every year,” said Juanette Willis, the Arbovirus Coordinator with the DeKalb County Board of Health.

“Unfortunately my crystal ball is saying we may have a lot of human cases this year and that’s based on we had a lot of virus last year in the mosquitoes,” she said. “We’ll often have a year with a lot of mosquitoes with the virus and then the next year with more human cases.”

There were 155 positive mosquito collections in DeKalb County last year and six cases in people.

“We do have cases that pop up of healthy individuals that one mosquito bite totally changes their life,” she said.

Experts also encourage you to wear long sleeves and pants and use repellent that contain DEET or Picaridin.

“If I could keep the rain coming every three days for the rest of the summer we’d be good because it flushes out those small containers and flushes out the mosquitoes,” said Willis.

It’s when the water just stands when the mosquitoes breed and can cause the problems.

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