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Douglas County fighting mosquito swarms

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 09:02:37-04

Douglas County health officials say the infected person who died of West Nile was over 65, had been hospitalized and suffered from underlying health conditions, according to a statement.

More mosquitoes will buzz around because of standing water left behind this week's heavy rain, creating the perfect breeding ground for these pests.

Drain puddles in your yard because it only takes four days for mosquitoes to breed in them. Also dump out backyard wading pools and birdbaths. You can also use chemicals to fight the bite.

"You can get some of the products to put in standing water at department stores if you want," said Phil Rooney, a spokesperson for the Douglas County Health Department. "The heath department is going to continue putting larvicide in the ponds in the areas we know mosquitoes are breeding."

Larvicide tablets cost about $20. They kill young mosquitoes, which the health department hopes will bring down these swarms.