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6/19/03 - Tyler

The Rain Is Gone, Hello Mosquitos!

The rainstorms left behind the kind of environment mosquitos love.  The culprit is several inches of standing rain water.

"You can see the larvae," says Gary Chambers, of Tyler Mosquito Control.

Mosquito control officers showed us a backyard isn't just a backyard anymore. It's a breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes.

"It just provides them with habitat to produce in and the thing with mosquitoes is there reproduction capability is so great," says Chambers. "It's quicker than we can kill them."

That's why mosquito control officers need your help. All you have to do is pour out mosquito infested water. The thing is, sometimes water from storms gets in unlikely places. Trash cans, flower pots, kids' buckets and even your pets food bowls are places mosquitoes love.

"It's for their own protection at this point," says Chambers. "It is not even about nuisance mosquitoes. It is about public health concern."

That's why you won't find standing water at Linda porter's house. She has two grand-kids and she worries about West Nile.

"I really don't want them to get sick on me," says Linda porter.

Now, Aliyah and Scooter play in the front yard because in the back there's one of Tyler's trouble spots for the insect, a creek.

"After the rain, when we walked out the back door and it was covered with them," says Linda Porter.

Rain permitting, Tyler's mosquito control officers will be out spraying for the mosquitoes all summer, but reducing the number of disease carrying mosquitoes, they say, depends on you.

Don't forget baby pools, fountains and bird baths are on the list.  It's important to dump out or change all standing water now since most of the mosquitoes will mature by this weekend and could be a real problem in East Texas.

Dana Dixon Reporting

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