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Mosquitos Find Plentiful Breeding Grounds In Valley's Excess Stores Of Water

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This time of year it takes seven to ten days for a mosquito egg to develop into a flying blood-sucking insect. 

"And if you think of the fact that one mosquito can lay between 50 to 200 eggs at a time," Rodriquez said.  "That's definitely a lot of mosquitoes."

Luz Maria Rodriquez is with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.  She says mosquitoes have been laying eggs for a couple days now. 
She says stagnant rainwater water left in buckets, birdbaths, and tires is warmed by the sun and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  She says neglected swimming pools are the biggest breeding ground though.
"One neglected swimming pool alone can produce hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes and infect entire neighborhoods," Rodriguez said.
Rodriquez says the best way to reduce mosquito populations is to report neglected swimming pools and remove standing water. 
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