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Recent flooding will increase the number of mosquitoes in the Merritt-area this summer.

Curtis Fediuk of Duka Environmental Services says the standing water from the Nicola River is the ideal breeding ground for larvae.

"When the water levels start to recede, and when it does we will start to get those isolated pockets of standing water. Once the sit for a while, and start to warm up, there will be lots of mosquito development."

Fediuk says treatments in the area continue, and that helicopter treatments will begin next week.

He adds that residents can also do their part to cut down on the number of mosquitoes in the area this summer by removing any standing water on their property.

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