Tips for controlling mosquitoes

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The typical season for mosquitoes is late July through August. Those mosquitoes carry diseases like West Nile Virus, which had 62 reported cases last year.

Mosquitoes buzz and bite people and the Department of Health says they have started earlier this year than normal.

"Obviously, the standing water from rainfalls that we had, it's almost unbearable when you walk outside. You can't even enjoy cause you're constantly swatting flies or putting on bottles of bug spray," said Clint Leingang, Mandan.

Local experts say the best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to treat stagnant water while they're young.

"You can spray for adults every single day and still have mosquitoes in your yard. The bees and the butterflies, and the other insects that are beneficial also get taken down when you spray for mosquitoes," said Keith Johnson, Custer Health Evironmental Health practitioner.

The Department of Health offers more tips to control the mosquito population.

"Just making sure your lawn is mowed properly, you don't have any stagnant water around your house. Being mindful of places where mosquitoes can breed, and that way they are not breeding around you," said Jenny Galbraith, North Dakota Department of Health.

North Dakota reported more than 600 cases of West Nile Virus in 2003. Most years there are fewer than 100.

The Burleigh and Morton County NDSU extension services offer Mosquito briquettes for anyone that wants them. Each briquette can treat up to 100 square feet of stagnant, shallow water.