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Mosquito control staying one step ahead

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Updated: 5/08/2013 6:56 pm

ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Anastasia Mosquito Control is adding staff earlier than normal. The season has been jump-started after heavy weekend rain.

It's a daunting task at hand for Ali Fulcher with Anastasia Mosquito Control. After the weekend rains, many St. Augustine storm drains are full of standing water. It's the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

She's going drain by drain scooping out samples to determine if there are larvae. And so far, they haven't been hard to find.

"We want to make sure that the populations in storm drains aren't skyrocketing. And because we can't cover all areas at once we want to find where the larvae are in the highest populations are and target those areas first."

The mosquito season has been kickstarted for the crews. Trucks are spraying the drains as soon as Fulcher finds positive samples.

She's taking samples back to her office for further testing. The next big concern is whether this larvae will grow into adult mosquitoes capable of carrying diseases. They'll know in about a week's time.

"Our storm drains usually have Culex quinquefasciatus, which is the southern house misquote, and they can be vectors for West Nile disease so we want to make sure to monitor those populations," she said.

Fulcher says neighbors need to be proactive. Leaves and debris provide food for the larvae. So it's important to keep your drains clear.

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