AMES, Iowa (AP) — The recent heavy rains and flooding in Iowa and Nebraska created prime breeding areas for mosquitoes, so more bug bites are likely in the next few weeks.
Experts say it's not clear whether the increase in mosquitoes will lead to more cases of West Nile virus. The types of mosquitoes common now generally don't carry diseases.
But many cities across the area will be working to minimize bug populations. Ames Parks and Recreation Director Keith Abraham says the city takes steps to control the mosquito population at Brookside Park and several other locations.
Using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants can help reduce bug bites. Experts say it's also good to avoid being outside at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
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