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How to protect yards from mosquitoes in Tippecanoe Co.

With all this rain, comes the potential for more mosquitoes in Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 7:01 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – In stagnant water, there's more than what meets the eye.

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"You know, it's kind of like a scavenger hunt," said Tippecanoe County Health Department Environmentalist Nick Davis. "You never know what you are going to find and you're always out looking."

Davis doesn't mind looking for early signs of mosquito breeding.

"You know, it keeps me out of the office, I get to travel around the county and see different places," said Davis. 

There are four stages to a mosquito's life but Davis is looking for two in particular, the larvae and pupae stage. Davis is looking to kill those stages so he can stop them from growing into adult mosquitoes.

It's all for your protection.

"We want to stop the spread of diseases, West Nile virus would be the most commonly known one here," said Davis. 

So, Davis uses special types of larvicide to treat areas with stagnant water like the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds.

"For pupea, that'd be the oil."

But for larvea, he typically uses a larvicide machine. It sprays out a grainy substance that settles in the water and the larvae feeds off it.

"And that's what kills them, the bacteria actually stops the growth process," said Davis. 

But don't go trying this at home.

"They need to have the license from the office of the Indiana State Chemists," said Davis. 

So, if there's stagnant water in your neighborhood, you should call the Tippecanoe County Health Department and they can assist you.

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