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Heavy rains could mean more mosquitos

Heavy rain and high temps add up to heavy mosquito populations.
Keith Hussey's in charge of mosquito control in Santa Rosa County.

"1100 square miles from the state of Alabama to the gulf."
His crews monitor 28 traps like this one around the county.

They're are checked every week, year round.
The dead insects are then counted and identified by species.

"Depends on the numbers in the trap and the mosquitos.  We adjust our spray schedule according to the mosquito numbers, where their at."

Right now, Hussey's crews are busy surveying and getting samples from areas still under water from the holiday floods.

"We're gonna have standing water and we're gonna try to treat all that standing water."

To kill the larvae before they hatch but water filled ditches aren't the areas Hussey says cause the most problems for homeowners.

He says the true trouble spots on our own porches in our backyards.

"Worry about the flower pots, gutters, bird baths, dog food waters, stuff like that."
"Mosquito repelling products are flooding shelves like these but we wanted to know Do they work?"

"In the University of Florida research on wristbands when they did studies, actually gave zero, amount of protection."
Escambia County Entomologist Beth Bolles says the clip on repellent fans give a little more coverage, but not significantly.

"Deet free" and natural products are another trend Bolles says most use citronella or other essential oils.  She says those methods work  from just three minutes to two hours.
Bolles says sprays containing more than 20 per cent of the chemical Deet are the only ones that provide four plus hour protection.

 "Scientific info is that it is safe."