Wednesday, June 27 2012, 03:34 PM EDT
In Debby's wake, north Florida worries about a mosquito baby boom
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marah Clark is an Entomologist with Jacksonville Mosquito Control. She's taking advantage of rainy conditions created by Tropical Depression Debby, studying up on the different breeds of mosquitoes in our area. She says while it may be raining, for mosquitoes, this is the calm before the storm.
Marah Clark/Entomologist: "If the ground becomes saturated and the water starts to stand...then we're gonna have problems. If the water saturates into the ground we might not have as many problems."
Crews here are getting ready, bracing for another round of peak numbers for the little biters.
John Shellhorn/Chief: "Probably within a week we are going to start to see the numbers climb again so were going to try to use that time to our advantage and get out and do what we can to catch them while they're in those larva stages."
Is all the new standing water turning yards into massive breeding grounds? Chief John Shellhorn says not to worry. Mosquitoes steer clear of large wetlands. It's the small puddles you have to worry about: "The female mosquito is not going to lay her eggs in deep water and areas like that tend to harbor tadpoles minnows which are natural predators. So we tend to find the mosquito concentrations in areas where you have shallow standing water."