Amount of mosquitoes heightening due to storms

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Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 10:06am

The heavy rain expected in the valley this weekend and next week equals more mosquitoes.

"We continue to monitor the weather and based on weather conditions we are looking at how much of that is going to result in stagnant water."

The rain is much needed, but the potential flooding is a real concern, for more reasons than just the obvious.

"At this point, we are to the point where most of the ground is now becoming so saturated and standing and not absorbing the water but to run and that's why we are starting to get involved more aggressively."

And with standing water, comes mosquitoes.

Brownsville's vector crews were out working today in anticipation of the additional rain that's expected this weekend from tropical storm Ingrid.

With the mosquito population already high right now, even more are expected to pop up over the next week.

Crews are currently larvaciding, which involves placing chemicals in standing water puddles to kill off eggs and spraying to kill off the adult mosquitoes.

Meanwhile the city of Brownsville is asking residents to make sure their yards are free of things like buckets and bird feelers as these can catch rain, creating prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

City officials believe they'll have even more work in the upcoming week after the storm has passed.

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