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Rain leads to more mosquitoes, West Nile Virus found in Tulsa County

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Mosquitoes are biting Oklahomans left and right.

"I've seen lots of mosquitoes. They're out thick," Albert May said.

"I have definitely seen more than usual," Molly Harrell said.

Weather you're at a dog park or tire shop, you will most likely find the pests in swarms.

Daniel Barraza works at Los Amigos Tire Shop. He says he has to fight them off every day.

All the standing water left inside the tires at the shop has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

"We got to dump them and make sure the mosquitoes, try to keep them away. But I mean, if it keeps raining, it's harder to keep them away," Barraza said.

If you think mosquitoes are a problem now, health officials say it is only going to get worse.

"We're probably going to start seeing a lot more this coming week with all the rainfall we've had. We'll start to get some pools that will start to have some standing water and with that you're going to kind of get your mosquito population to kind of boom in a sense," Matt Brosh, with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department says mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Tulsa County, but thankfully, none in Oklahoma County have tested positive so far.

Health experts say now is the time to protect yourself. You can do so by wearing clothes that cover your skin and bug spray that has DEET in it.

They also say to drain standing water. If you have a pool or birdbath that you are not able to drain, you should be able to kill the mosquitoes with “Mosquito Dunks”. We found them at a store for about $10 dollars.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department said they do not spray in the county because it is too windy.

However, if you have a mosquito problem you can report it to them.

For more information visit https://www.occhd.org/fightthebite.

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