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More mosquitoes breeding due to rainy weeks

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Most of you are probably tired of the daily downpours in the Upstate.

The heavy rain brought floodwaters to doors and puddles to streets, but now there's another pesky problem bugging many in the area.

"We're constantly getting calls for mosquitoes, you can see them flying around," Nevit Hughes said.

He's a supervisor with Gregory Pest Solutions in Greenville. He said because of all the recent rain, more bugs are buzzing around, which is keeping them busy.

"We've been very busy," Hughes said.

So, to try and get rid of them, Hughes said pest control agents use different methods.

"We just treat all the trees, shrubs, any of the plant foliage around the structure of a home. Once the mosquito lands on the plant, it then absorbs the chemicals," Hughes said.

Exterminators with Gregory Pesto Solutions also use an environmentally friendly solution which treats standing water and aerosol sprays for commercial properties.

Hughes said it is important to get rid of standing water around your homes.

"The larvae will develop into adults which then are flying all around and biting us," Hughes said. "Check places like children's toys, tires and tarps."

A state veterinarian with the Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health Program says right now there are more than seven horses with cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the state.

If you live in Greenville County and have a problem or questions about mosquitoes, there is a mosquito control hotline. The number is 864-467-5988

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