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Recent rainfall, temperatures leading to busy mosquito breeding season

CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- Did you know that the weather this summer has actually helped mosquitoes to breed in and around your Tri-State community?

In addition to finding sources of water from recent pockets of heavy rain, temperatures haven't been terribly oppressive this summer, so mosquitoes are moving a lot more and breeding a lot more.

"It's been a great year for mosquito breeding because we've had a constant moisture source with rain about every 7 to 10 days. We've had great rainfall. It's filled all of the voids that usually would have dried out quickly," said Glenn Scherzinger of Sure Thing Pest Control in Symmes Township.

He has received nearly double the number of calls about mosquitoes that he usually does during the summer, thanks in part to cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall creating areas of standing water.

Scherzinger said water in your water is a common place for mosquitoes to breed. "If this area stays damp, the adult mosquito comes down and actually lays his eggs or his eggs down here. If that holds water for 3 or 4 days, you'll have adults coming out of here like crazy."

In addition to looking at places in your front yard that collect water and may be low-lying, also look for the usual spots, like a fountain that hasn't been turned on in quite some time. Water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

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