FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A rainy October has mosquito control officers buzzing in Southwest Florida.
Officials say they are experiencing the worst mosquito season in two decades, thanks to weather patterns that created the 'perfect storm' for the pesky insects.
Lee County Mosquito Control District spokeswoman Shelly Redovan says the region began the year under a drought. That provided salt marsh mosquitoes a greater area to lay their eggs. The rainy season resulted in lots of standing water, which compounds the mosquito problem. The result? Officials say they're still seeing thousands of mosquitos nightly.
The Fort Myers News-Press reports the district is using airplanes, helicopters and trucks to spray.
The newspaper reports that southwest Florida received 10.40 inches of rain in October. That's 6.94 inches above the normal rainfall for the month.
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