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5/28/03

City of Lubbock Prepares for Mosquitoes

With the chance of rain this weekend, Lubbock's Vector Control services are preparing for an outbreak of mosquitos, which can carry the West Nile Virus.

Officials say that recent rains have left some standing water behind, but not enough to cause a large jump in mosquito numbers. If we receive more rain, however, those numbers could rise drastically.

No cases of West Nile have been reported locally, but the City of Lubbock is keeping a close eye on mosquito numbers and are prepared to keep populations under control. "We're picking up more mosquitos in our line traps now than what we were because of the little rain we had," said Joe Vargas, Lubbock Vector Control.

To keep mosquitos away from your home, make sure to dump any container that holds standing water every couple of days. Mosquito eggs can hatch in less than a week if a container is left undisturbed.

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