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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:20am

Increase In Mosquitoes Predicted

Georgia mosquito populations are spiking.

Scientists are predicting lots of mosquitoes over the next few weeks because of abnormally wet weather.

Henry Lewandowski of Chatham County Mosquito Control says the mosquitoes multiply when there’s heavy rain.

“The number of nuisance mosquitoes always depends on the amount of rainfall we have during the season," says Lewandowski. "So if it rains consistently throughout the summer we will have very high populations of nuisance mosquitoes.”

Lewandowski says mosquitoes can breed in a just quarter inch of water.

“We found a type of mosquito breeding in bottle caps in Chatham County," says Lewandowski. "So it doesn’t take a lot of water to have a nuisance problem in your own backyard.”

But the type of mosquitoes expected to breed are not the carriers of the West Nile virus.

The peak season for West Nile is from mid-August to mid-September.