Several weeks of rain have taken a toll on local construction sites, but it's not the rain delays that are causing the problem, it is the pockets of standing water which are becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Thousands of mosquito larvi are growing in each of the small pockets of water around construction sites. And even though mosquito season is still a month away, the problem has gotten so bad that the public works departments has already started to spray at the sites but that is proving not to be enough. While the spray does kill adult mosquitoes, it does not kill the growing larvi. Crews must cover up the pockets of water with dirt in order to suffocate the larvi.
Health officials say that construction workers should also take extra precautions by wearing long sleeve shirts and jeans when working as well as always spray themselves with repellant.