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La Crosse contracts with Orkin, as mosquito boom looms



The La Crosse area has had so much water to deal with this year, there could be a big crop of mosquitoes as a result. 

That, however, depends on where the insects find standing water to breed. 

La Crosse County health director Jennifer Rombalski said the county has contracts with Orkin to reduce the mosquito numbers.  

She added that the city has has enlisted help from businesses to watch where mosquito larvae might be growing.

Dave Geske was the county vector control manager for many years, before he retired at the end of 2017.

When Geske left, the county eliminated his position and limited mosquito control to insects that carry La Crosse encephalities and West Nile virus, not the less harmful “nuisance” mosquitoes.

Rombalski urges property owners to keep standing water out of open containers and tree holes, to prevent mosquito breeding.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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