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Health officials say this summer could see high number of mosquitoes

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

That irritating buzz sound, the slap on the neck, arms, and legs.

Mosquitoes are back in the mid-state. Many say this could be a bad year for these pests. It does not take much for these little biters to come around.

A soda bottle cap, filled with water, and left stagnant for a week is the perfect spot for Mosquitoes to lay hundreds of eggs! After all the rain the mid-state has seen, now is the time to be on the lookout for pools of water.

Mauria Parker said, “I can't stand Mosquitoes! They're awful! I'm one of those people, who if I go outside at all, I am the person to get bit."

She does not have to look far to find the perfect breeding ground for Mosquitoes.

“It’s clogged gutters, children's toys, bird baths. It can even be a water bowl for one of your pets,” said Brian Todd with the Metro Health Department. “As that weather warms up, that water stagnates and it becomes an easy place for Mosquitoes to lay their eggs.”

Todd says last week, the department started trapping Mosquitoes looking for cases of West Nile Virus.

“Every year we find Mosquitoes carrying West Nile. Occasionally, we'll have human cases in Nashville,” Todd said.

The state health department is warning people to take steps to avoid mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.

In 2017, there were 30 human West Nile Virus cases.

Metro Health says they are keeping an eye on Zika cases, but have not had reason to be concerned.

Regardless, Parker says she's not taking any chances. “I just grew up that way. If you have anything sitting out with water in it, you have to put the little dunks in it.”

Health officials agree, saying one of the best ways to fight Mosquitoes from hatching are to use these dunks

You can find them online or at just about any hardware store.

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