Orange County

Orange County to give away 9,000 traps to help zap growing mosquito numbers

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Standing water from Hurricane Ian is causing a big jump in the number of mosquitoes buzzing around Central Florida.

But Orange County has a plan to curb the pesky insects by giving away 9,000 mosquito traps to the public.

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The traps are designed with colors meant to attract mosquitoes. You put water inside where they’ll lay their eggs. Then a mild insecticide inside will kill the mosquito and what could be the 100 eggs that she lays.

The traps are meant to cover an outdoor area of around 1,500 square feet, but to really minimize mosquitoes, all standing water should be emptied frequently.

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Families can get two mosquito traps each. You can pick them up at the University of Florida Food and Agricultural Sciences extension center in Orange County and the Bithlo and Orlo Vista parks and rec centers.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.