Region 8 Vector Control Expects Busy Summer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County Vector Control says you should expect the months of July and August to be long, hot and itchy.

They say the rice fields are relatively dry, but once the rain comes, that can result in a boom in the mosquito population.

"As soon as water comes back and covers the eggs again they will start hatching and from what I understand they can sit on the ground for seven years before they hatch," said Tom Royles, with Vector Control.

When it comes to controlling the mosquito population, it's all about doing away with two things: mosquitos, of course, and standing water, which can be a breeding ground for the pesky insects.

There's a machine called a light trap that's used to sample what parts of town have the highest population of mosquitos.

It's that determination that results in which streets see spray trucks pass through and how often.

Royles says a lot of thought goes into where the trucks will go and  the light traps have a lot to do with that.

The light attracts the insects, and a fan sucks them in, then it's all about keeping score.

"The next morning we collect them and bring them back here," said Royles.

Aside from mosquito management, there's one thing you can do to keep the bloodsuckers out of your yard  ... Eliminate standing water.

"It can be a drink can, tire, kids swimming pool, anything that will contain water, dump them."

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