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Standing water a breeding ground for mosquitoes as flood areas dry out

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Officials said mosquitoes will start to breed as the flooded areas begin to dry out.

As temperatures remain high, health officials said standing water remaining in ditches, gutters and bird baths are a prime breeding habitat for the bugs.

Health officials told News 4 mosquitoes can mature from eggs to adults in less than a week.

Even though mosquitoes thrive in wet, hot conditions, West Nile Virus thrives in dry, hot conditions.

St. Louis County officials surveyed bug populations and early results have shown only one positive sample for West Nile Virus this summer. The sample was gathered from Crestwood Park in south St. Louis.

Officials suggest wearing long sleeves and spraying insect repellents to ward off the mosquitoes.

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