Flood waters create large breeding ground for mosquitoes

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Story Updated: Jul 9, 2013

The flooding is bringing more than muddy basements and crumbled roads.

Now, mosquitoes are becoming a big problem as well.

Excessive rain and now-stagnant water create a breeding ground for the bugs. Mosquitoes require water and blood to reproduce,
making you a target.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has some tips to avoid getting bit, including emptying any flower pots or anything else that could contain standing water.

"Mosquitoes are natural," said Lynette Kay, Horticulture Program Assistant at Cornell Cooperative Extension. "They're here all the time. It's just that in certain years there are better breeding habits and this is it. This is the perfect breeding habitat for them."

Kay says that it is important to try and prevent bites because mosquitoes can carry disease and with more rain coming, we could see the problem continue to grow.

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