Missoula flooding creating perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes

Posted at 9:18 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 11:18:17-04

MISSOULA – Calming floodwaters combined with warming temperatures has experts saying that folks should start preparing to see mosquitoes beginning to hatch across Western Montana.

Jerry Marks with the Lolo Mosquito Control District Board says there are thousands of different species of mosquitoes and each one prefers to feed on different animals. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t bite you if you’re nearby.

"The bugs are drawn to still water where they can lay their eggs, so it’s important to clean gutters, birdbaths and other places around your home that gather water," Marks advised.

He added that because of this year’s flood season there will likely be an increase in the population and he’s recommending that folks use bug repellent that has DEET as the main active ingredient.