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How to cut down on mosquitos

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With all of the rain that we've had lately, you may have noticed a lot of standing water around the area.

And that's bad news because mosquitos breed in the standing water. Mosquitos that carry diseases such as West Nile virus and equine encephalitis.

And if we don't get a cold snap to kill the pests, there will soon be thousands of them to deal with. While you can't get rid of the ponds that form naturally, there are some steps that you can take to cut down on the number of mosquitos in your yard.

Dan Staib the director of the Acute Chronic and Infectuous Disease Program with Southwest Georgia Public Health said, "emptying one of those, any standing water. Be it in a fountain, be it in an old can, in a tire. Don't let the water stand.

Staib says that there were 8 cases of West Nile virus and 23 cases of equine encephalitis in Georgia in 2008.

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