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Lots of Rain May Bring Lots of Mosquitoes

National Geographic

Lots of recent rain could mean lots of mosquitoes soon.

"We can expect to see an increase in mosquito population within seven to 10 days," said Bernard Dindy with the Tulsa Health Department. "When we get a lot of rain like this, this rain is going to find places where it's going to create puddles, it's going to pool up and it's going to give mosquitoes sites to go and lay their eggs."

The best defense is to eliminate standing water around your home, whether that means turning over flower pots, cleaning out gutters or frequently changing pets' water dishes. If that's not entirely possible, Dindy recommends mosquito donuts.

"Put that in the water, and it's good for a period of two weeks," Dindy said. "It's perfectly safe for, you know, in case the pets decide they're going to drink out of it. It's not going to do any harm to them."

The donuts release a bacterium harmful to the insects. For extreme mosquito problems, Dindy said to call the health department's hotline at 918-595-4219.