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Recent rains lead to increase in mosquitoes

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -

Warm weather and recent rains have led to an increase in the stateline's mosquito population.

The insects are currently out in full force and the Winnebago County Health Department is keeping an eye on its population as it looks out for West Nile Virus. However, most of the mosquitoes out now are not the Culex mosquitoes that carry the virus and are more of just a nuisance.

"The difference is that the one that comes with West Nile Virus prefers a dry, hot temperature and the nuisance mosquito comes out in the rain, when it's raining," WCHD Vector Control Specialist Terri Howard says.

Howard advises getting rid of all standing water in your yard, using a repellant with deet, and reporting dead birds to avoid West Nile. Birds can be reported to the WCDH by calling 815-720-4245.

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