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Mosquitoes Out Early Across Four States

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Everyone hates getting bit by mosquitoes, but for those more sensitive, like Courtney Beck, they do all they can to stay away.

"I'm allergic to them and I swell like crazy. And they love me,” she says.

Beck has two young kids and is worried it could be bad for them too since many are already out.

"I think once we get started playing outside more we'll start wearing repellant. I'm also looking into the plants to plant around my yard more."

Exterminator Darrel Kidd says he's been getting lots of calls lately asking about the pests and thinks they've been fooled by Mother Nature.

"The warm weather getting in the 70’s for a few days all the insects come out and mosquitoes could actually hatch and think it's spring,” Kidd says.

Beck says "That is so bizarre, but the weather's been bizarre so I could understand why they'd be out now."

Gentle ponds are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Experts say it's best to remove all standing water from your house, that includes your horse's water troth or even small places like your dog’s water bowl, both common places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs."

Kidd also recommends choosing a repellant with DEET in it to keep the bugs off. And with colder weather on the way make sure to close your windows and seal all the nooks and crannies in your house.

"Yeah if they're coming out they be in your house because when it gets cold again likes coming up this week all the insects and spiders and flying insects will try to come in where its warm,” Kidd says.

For beck it's a reminder to be on the look out.

"We've seen a lot of bugs, but we never got a snow so they never got to die,” she laughs.

Kidd says if we get several below 20 degree days in a row it could be cold enough to wipe out the mosquitoes who have been overwintering.

Ryan Talken with the Joplin Health Department says it’s very important to get rid of empty buckets or areas where water may collect around your home because the "Aedes" species of mosquito that carries the Zika virus likes to breed in open containers.

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