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Warm temperatures means it's mosquito season in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - Warm weather has finally arrived in central North Carolina - which means before you know it, we will be spending our outdoor time swatting at mosquitoes.

“Once we get to a temperature that’s consistently above 50 degrees, that's when adult mosquitoes will start breeding,” says Tom Ramoino, owner/operator of Mosquito Joe of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

Mosquitoes love warm and humid places making North Carolina an ideal breeding ground.

They also tend to be attracted to standing and stagnant water, whether big or small.

“A Frisbee, a toy, a water bottle cap, a bucket, a wheelbarrow, a water fountain, a bird bath, I mean, you name it. Anything that can hold water is a breeding area,” says Ramoino.

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With the warmer weather expected to continue, now is the time to try to prevent those pesky bugs from breeding in your backyard

“Try and get any standing water out of your yard, try to get all of the leaf and debris cleaned up, anywhere where the mosquitoes like to hide, you know, and breed with everything,” recommends Ramoino.

It's important to take these steps because mosquitoes can pose a health risk to you and your family.

“There's a small risk of West Nile Virus. And then there's always the risk that something exotic comes in like Zika Virus or Dengue or a whole bunch of ones from the tropics that can come in with travelers,” says Michael Reiskind, an assistant professor of Entomology at N.C. State University.

Reiskind also recommends protecting yourself when outdoors, especially when mosquitoes are active.

“You can wear a repellent when you go outside. You can wear long sleeves, long pants as well. That's also effective,” says Reiskind.

Mosquito season usually runs from April to October.

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