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Mosquitoes bugging you more than usual? This could be why...

If mosquitoes are exceedingly driving you nuts, you may want to cover up any open water containers in your home.

This is according entomologist Professor Michael Samways.

Prof. Samways explains that mosquitoes are drawn to open pools of water, even as small as a cup.

He says that they can breed in dark, cool, wet areas, such as tanks, pools, tyres or buckets.

The professor also says there has been a notable increase in black flies as the Western Cape battles a drought.

Mosquitoes are actually more abundant in wet times, they naturally enjoy pools of water.

Prof. Michael Samways, Chair of the Department Of Conservation Ecology And Entomology at Stellenbosch University

If there are pools of open water, like containers of any sort, then that will attract mosquitoes.

Prof. Michael Samways, Chair of the Department Of Conservation Ecology And Entomology at Stellenbosch University

The black flies have increased enormously.

Prof. Michael Samways, Chair of the Department Of Conservation Ecology And Entomology at Stellenbosch University

Take a listen to his expert opinion:


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