Rain, Warm Weather Contribute To Growing Threat Of Mosquitoes

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 5:18 pm
By: News On 6

Tuesday’s rain, along with the warmer weather and humid conditions, is adding to the growing threat of mosquitoes.

The Tulsa Health Department showed off parts of its mosquito control program today.

The department sets traps throughout Tulsa County to collect the bugs before they test them to learn if there are any mosquito-borne diseases in the area.

This year, the health department has a new trap that will help them test specifically for the Zika virus.

With all of the lakes, rivers, and creeks in our area, all of Tulsa County is at risk of having mosquitos.

"Throughout Tulsa County we've got a lot of water, so there is not necessarily a place where we see higher or lower numbers on the scale we are looking at,” explained Adam Austin of Environmental Health Services.

The health department also sprays hundreds of square miles each year to kill mosquitoes.         

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