INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Trapping and testing mosquitoes is already underway in Marion County. Because of the recent rainfall, county officials are encouraging residents to get rid of any standing water around their homes.
Signs of the pesky insects are already showing. Earlier this month, Marion County Mosquito Control started treating wooded areas.
But the county and private companies are fighting the insects before they get out of control. Members of the Mosquito Squad are on a mission.
Crews in Marion County are trapping what could potentially become a pesky problem.
Terry Gallagher with Marion County Mosquito Control said his teams have found larvae in standing water.
The county sets up light traps in wooded areas. Gallagher said once insects are trapped in the jar his team can determine the population of mosquitoes in a particular area.
Marion County is split into 15 zones.
Gallagher says only a small number of adult mosquitoes have hatched.
Turns out, the cold temps have kept the insects at bay.
"That has kept the water temperature cooler than it might otherwise have been. That slowed down the development process of the larvae," Gallagher said.
Some homeowners have taken extra steps by hiring private companies like Mosquito Squad to attack what the county can't always reach.
Ken Frost and his team spray a chemical that kills mosquitoes.
"It sticks to the plant. So we are getting them everyday where they feed," Frost said. "They must also have plant sugars to survive. They are feeding on the plants to (help) sustain life."
Both the county and members with Mosquito Squad encourage residents to get rid of standing water in areas around their homes.
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