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Mosquitoes bite into spring

David Reed David Reed
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Rain and warm weather will soon bring in those pesky mosquitoes. Albany exterminators are already prepping for the busy weeks ahead. Spring-time brings flowers, sunshine, and a welcoming mat for mosquitoes. 

"Mosquitoes are really good fliers, so the wind brings them into your home." 

For the last 18 years David Reed, General Manager of Adams Exterminators, has battled the blood sucking bugs. He says the best defense is to check around your home for standing water.

But with more rain headed our way, it means there will be more places for mosquitoes to breed.

"It's the common things you don't think about, like planters that are holding water or even kids toys out in the playground." 

Once you spot a potential mosquito habitat, dump or clean up area immediately, putting it off will only give them time to grow or multiply. 

"They mature anywhere between 14 and 21 days," Reed said. But with warmer weather, "They will actually mature in less time." 

Mosquito experts say be proactive, wear repellent with Deet and cover up when heading out.

"We have had cases of the West Nile virus here in town, that's always something that you have to look out for."

In 2014 there was one reported case of the virus in Coffee County. Often those infected are unaware and recover quickly, less than 1% of West Nile cases become severe. 

To reduce your chance check window and door screens for holes to repair, or  stay inside during the late night hours when mosquitoes are most active. 

MORE: Learn about West Nile cases and protection

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