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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The mosquito season is in full swing.

Jim Stark is with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, which is seeing larger-than-usual numbers of adult mosquitoes.

“We typically, in a normal year, will treat around 200,000 acres for immature mosquitoes. We’ve already treated over that this year. So we’re expecting this to be kind of unprecedented in mosquito production” said Stark.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

He says the district will step up its spraying for mosquitoes, especially in parks and recreation areas.

The reason for the increase in mosquitoes is the 16 inches of rain the area received in recent weeks, according to Stark.

Homeowners can do their part to reduce mosquitoes by removing water from cans, tires and other items where mosquitoes like to breed.

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