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Jerry DeRamus, Operations Mgr. Mosquito Ctrl. at Rich. Co. says, "We never had rain like this. This was just astronomical to me. It was more than I've ever seen in one time."

The heavy rains hit the CSRA hard this Summer, washing out roadways, creating large sinkholes and flooding backyards.

There's so much standing water around the 2-state it's created a perfect recipe for mosquitoes to multiply by the thousands.

It's all hands on deck at Richmond County mosquito control as the calls keep on coming in.

DeRamus says, "Normally we would do about 500 in a year. This year well over 1600 and we still got over a month to go."

And Jerry DeRamus says the problem is only going to get worse.

DeRamus says, "Females are still laying their eggs. Their eggs are still there. They're still viable. The least little drop of rain hits on them, they're gonna start hatching by the thousands."

DeRamus says the biggest reason for a big mosquito problem in Richmond County is amount of water.

DeRamus says, "The bottom line on mosquitoes is get rid of the standing water which is their breeding habitat and you get rid of the mosquitoes."

Koehle says un maintained pools are adding to the problem.

"A swimming pool in average size, 18X36, over a season if it's not taken care of will produce up to three quarters of a million mosquitoes," said Koehle.

And if you think the cooler Fall weather coming up in a few weeks will kill all the mosquitoes…

DeRamus says, "Cold weather does not kill off mosquitoes. If that were the case Alaska wouldn't have any and Alaska has some of the biggest mosquitoes in the world."

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