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Wet weather could cause big mosquito problem

By Alex Cabrero | Posted - Mar. 18, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.

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DAVIS COUNTY -- Living in the western part of Davis County, means Paul Beazer and his wife are also living with mosquitos. Beazer says they don't bother him, but he can understand why others are bugged.

"The buzz: it's like going into the dentist office," Beazer says. "You don't like that sound of the drill. That mosquito is going to come and plant his a-frame on you, and he's going to drill."

We've got a lot of snow this year, we've got a lot of rain this season, and now we're having warm weather. It has the potential to be a huge mosquito problem.

–Paul Gines, Davis County abatement district


That's where Paul Gines and his team come in. "The best thing we can do is get a head start on the mosquitos," he says.

Gines works for the Davis County Mosquito Abatement District. He says his crew is preparing for a busy spring and summer.

"Number one, we've got a lot of snow this year, we've got a lot of rain this season, and now we're having warm weather," Gines said. "It has the potential to be a huge mosquito problem."

Gines showed KSL News some of the places where crews have already seen plenty of mosquitoes, and plenty of concern. "Hundreds of mosquitoes can hatch out of this," he said, pointing to a ditch full of irrigation water.

"There's mosquitoes out right now. In fact, there's two of them that just went over your head," Beazer told us.

Beazer said he thinks all the mosquito spraying the county has been doing has worked. He's noticed less of the annoying insects through the years.

We also spoke to the manager of the Southern Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District. He said he's seeing the same concerns there.

On about April 1, crews will begin spraying in several counties to try and make sure the mosquitoes don't win.


Alex Cabrero


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