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Mosquito populations thrive thanks to August storms

Fargo-Moorhead mosquito numbers are up, thanks to late August rainstorms. Special to The Forum

FARGO — Most people in the Fargo-Moorhead area may have forgotten the heavy rains that fell over the course of two days in late August.

Not Ben Prather.

Since thunderstorms struck Aug. 26-27, the director of Cass County Vector Control has been waiting for just the right conditions — wind speeds, temperature, etc. — to launch aerial and ground fogging attacks on the local mosquito population, whose trap counts have again reached the nuisance level, according to Prather.

Airplane and ground spraying was planned for the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo area Thursday night, Sept. 13, with ground fogging also planned for rural areas of Cass County.

Prather said that campaign may have to wait for another time, however, as conditions were uncertain as of late afternoon Thursday.

Overall, Prather described 2018 as an average year for mosquitoes, with the early summer being a slow time due to dry conditions and the late summer turning more mosquito friendly with rains that began in July.

Prather said the 2017 mosquito season was an extremely tame one, as drought conditions kept populations down.

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