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St. Johns County sprays in an effort to reduce the mosquito population

12:39 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Many neighborhoods around the First Coast have standing water in them, and each large puddle and mini-lake is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Ashley Carter's neighborhood in St. Augustine Beach has some standing water in it.   

He was out with his dog, Mazie, on Tuesday enjoying the blue sky and sunshine after days of rain.

"[Sunday's storm's were] pretty intense. I've lived here a long time and it was amazing," Carter said.

"We had over ten inches of rain based on our rain gauges," Jodi Scott of Anastasia Mosquito Control in St. Johns County said.

Much of that rain has filled ditches and yards.

"[The water] is ideal for mosquitoes," Scott noted.

That's why the Anastasia Mosquito Control is spraying larvicide in ditches and in areas where there is standing water.

Scott said she is attacking the larvae to prevent mosquito outbreaks as best she can.

Not only did the area get a lot of rain, the winds knocked limbs and leaves into the water, and Scott said that is good for small biting bugs.

"Plant matter will come in and give them hiding places from predators who might also be in the water from overflows of lakes and ponds," Scott explained.

However, there is a bit of good news. 

Scott said the cooler weather is slowing down the mosquito onslaught for now.

"But if the temperature rises, like it's predicted to at the end of the week, there's a chance the development will speed up," she added.

For Mazy and Carter, they welcome the mosquito truck in their neighborhood.

"I appreciate it because if they don't spray, we'll be in for a heck of a season," Carter noted.

And they continued on, enjoying the lack of bugs and rain on a walk through their soggy neighborhood.

If you are in St. Johns County and have standing water that won't go away, the Anastasia Mosquito Control come out and spray as a public service. You can contact them at (904)-471-3107.

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