I'm sure you have noticed the influx of mosquitoes as of late and it's because of one thing.

Mosquitoes need water to lay and hatch their eggs and with the Missouri River levels as high as they are, we have plenty of the little aggravating blood-sucking pests.

I was out Tuesday evening playing with my dogs and noticed plenty of mosquitoes and even a couple of them landing on me. It is fairly late for mosquitoes, but with the water levels, as they are in the area, you can expect them to be around for a while.

You need to take extra precautions for mosquitoes. Only one breed carries West Nile virus and there has been one case in North Dakota recorded this year of the virus.

Keep the bug repellant near and if possible wear long sleeves and pants to avoid getting bit.

Burleigh County is selling larvacide briquets to help residents deal with mosquito issues due to stagnant water on their property.  One briquet treats 100 square feet of shallow water, with no current, and lasts up to 150 days—the entire mosquito season.

Residents can purchase the briquets for $3 each at the following location:

Burleigh County Extension Office, 3715 East Bismarck Expressway.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm