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Crews set to fight mosquitoes

Mosquitoes hatching after this weekend's rainfall will be met with city and county crews preparing to battle the biting bug's population. Crews across the Fargo-Moorhead area said they'll continue monitoring areas with standing water and will use...

Mosquitoes hatching after this weekend's rainfall will be met with city and county crews preparing to battle the biting bug's population.

Crews across the Fargo-Moorhead area said they'll continue monitoring areas with standing water and will use traps, sprays and other methods to keep the bug's population down.

Cass County will have its main crew of 44 people ready next week but will run on a staff of eight until then, said Brian Feldhake, the county's vector control supervisor.

With its limited resources, the county is focusing on ditches near Interstate 29, Interstate 94 and County Road 17, Feldhake said.

"We're trying to cover as much area as we can," he said.

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Moorhead will begin treating the ground water next week, said Chad Martin, the city's operations director.

"I don't know if any spraying will be needed, but we'll be ready for it," Martin said.

Rising temperatures forecasted for this week might force Dilworth officials to strengthen their prevention efforts, said Milt Opatril of the city's mosquito control.

"If we should be hitting some 80-degree days, we would be out spraying within a week," he said.

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