City knocks down mosquito numbers after mid-July spike

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2019 6:00 am

Mosquito counts in Hillsboro and across North Dakota spiked in July as warmer temperatures created ideal breeding conditions for the blood-sucking bugs.

The number of mosquitoes trapped near Hillsboro’s Woodland Park rose from 20 to 54 during the first two weekends in July, prompting city crews to spray for the insects on back-to-back nights July 15-16.

“That was our largest spike of the season,” said Jim Baumgartner, a city employee who assists with Hillsboro’s vector control efforts.

The reported increase in Hillsboro mirrored a rise in mosquitoes trapped in other cities and parks in the state in July, according to statistics compiled by the North Dakota Department of Health.

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