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El Nino Winter Means Bumper Crop Of Bugs

Mon., March 30, 1998

Tiny, multilegged creatures that fly, swarm, buzz - and some times bite - will be around in big numbers this spring and summer, thanks to the winter’s El Nino rains.

Extraordinarily large populations of disease-prone mosquitoes and ticks already are beginning to emerge, along with increased numbers of harmless insects such as gnats, midges and crane flies, said environmental specialist Randy Smith of the County Environmental Health Division.

Getting rid of rain water that may have collected in barrels, old boats, buckets, old tires and other items sometimes left in back yards is one of the most effective measures, because mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed, Smith said.


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