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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – Mosquitoes are thriving in the Grand Junction area after a wet spring created plenty of places for the insects to breed.

Zane McCallister of the Grand River Mosquito Control District says this has been one of the worst mosquito seasons in a while.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Monday that the district’s 10 full-time employees began applying larvacides to breeding grounds across the area in April.

McCallister says the mosquito population peaked in late June, about three weeks later than usual. He says cool spring weather was responsible for the delay.

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