Beware: Flooding means mosquitoes


This is to advise that there has been increased mosquito-borne disease activity in area of Washington and Holmes Counties. A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed.

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Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 02:44 PM.

The sun is out again and for some, the flooding of last week is a bad memory we would like to leave behind.

But South Walton Mosquito Control Director Ben Brewer says that unfortunately, we are not going to be able to do that.

"It's going to be bad," Brewer said of the upcoming mosquito season. "We are going street by street and spraying, but there are swamp areas that we just can't get to."

And, mosquitoes do like the swamps for their breeding grounds, or any other standing water.

Unfortunately, as of Tuesday of this week, days after last week's historic flood, the Walton County Sheriff's Office was still issuing lists of roads daily that remained closed due to standing water.

The Mosquito Control's office building was one of the many structures that experienced the effects of the floods.

The Mosquito Control District is celebrating 50 years in South Walton — in the same building. That building has never been flooded before, said Brewer.

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