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Experts warn of mosquito population explosion

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to enjoying the outdoors in Florida in the summer is dealing with all the mosquitoes, and this year, several southern states are issuing warnings about the annoying insects.

The mild winter has many experts fearing a big bug outbreak.  Some believe it could be the worst year on record for mosquitoes.  Experts say if you live anywhere along Florida's coastline, you had better break out your bug spray.

Dr. Thomas Breaud monitors and studies mosquitoes for Orange County and says populations are not out of hand so far, thanks in part to our recent drought.

"A lot of times people will say we had a mild winter -- this is 'X' therefore we're going to have 'Y' and that's not always the case.  What I can tell you is a mild winter certainly didn't help us."

With the ever present threat of encephalitis and West Nile virus, Dr. Breaud said we should always be on guard against mosquitoes carrying disease.

"It just takes the right conditions for them to spill out of the bird populations, because they're bird diseases. If the conditions are right, they can get into us. They can get into horses, and they can cause death!"

Numbers from Orange County show some mosquito species are down this year while others are up, but experts say mosquitoes breed quickly.  It could be a totally different story this time next week.

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