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Mosquito season off to early start

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Here's something to scratch about. Mosquito season started two weeks early this year. Brunswick County mosquito biologists say that's because we had an especially wet winter this year.

The mosquito biologists run three mosquito traps each day during the year. They study the mosquitoes they catch, compile the data and compare them to previous years. Even though the season started early, the data suggest slightly lower numbers of mosquitoes.

One of the most common types is the Asian Tiger Mosquito. It likes to hang out in places that hold water, like a bucket or your pet's water dish, but you can help keep tiger mosquitoes out of your yard.

"After a rainfall, make sure there's no standing water in those flower pots and things like that, And if they do see it, tip it over," mosquito biologist Jeff Brown said. "It'll interrupt the cycle for that particular mosquito, and it'll reduce the mosquito population in your yard significantly."

The biologists have identified 45 species of mosquitoes in Brunswick County. In the United States, there are 150 types of mosquitoes, and worldwide, more than 3,000 types.

Mosquitoes come out the most during dusk and dawn, so when you're outside during those times, make sure to wear your insect repellent.

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