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Tropical Storm Debby Likely To Spawn Mosquitoes

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Courtesy of Purdue University

If you don't already hate Tropical Storm Debby, just wait. 

All the standing water from Debby will soon spawn pesky, disease-carrying mosquitoes,according to Steve Huard, Public Information Officer with Hillsborough County Health Department.

"So the community really needs to kind of get ready and think about the risks associated with all the mosquitoes that will be out and about and make sure they have their mosquito repellent with DEET in it and just be ready for the next onslaught," Huard said. 

He says the mosquitoes should be here in a couple of days. 

Standing water isn't just a gross breeding ground for mosquitos. Health officials are warning people to stop slogging through the flood waters loosed by the storm for other reasons.

It's not just because of the potential for loose manhole covers and live power lines but also the gross stuff that's been deposited on people's lawns. Think pets.