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Get the repellent ready: mosquitoes are on the way

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Get your repellent ready: experts say summer's annual swarm of mosquitoes are about to boom in the Bay area.

It's been a full week since Tropical Storm Andrea drenched the Bay area in standing water. Experts say that created a breeding ground for the blood suckers.

"The mosquitoes that have hatched out into the water have now turned into adult mosquitoes," Manatee County Mosquito Control Director Mark Latham said Friday.

Manatee County Mosquito Control is using their chopper to spray specific areas plagued with the pests.

"We have about 55 traps set up throughout the county. We look at the populations, the number of mosquitoes we catch in those traps," Latham said.

Still, you don't need their equipment to curb the counts in your own backyard.

"Go and dump water out of any container that might be holding and could be breeding mosquitoes," Latham said.

Experts say if you really want to avoid mosquitoes, stay inside around sundown or coat yourself in bug spray containing DEET.

While the insects are a pesky part of every summer, some say this year's swarms are just warming up and will likely stick around until September.

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