The higher water in the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers recently has created pools that are now breeding grounds for mosquitos. That means an unusually high number of the pests in and around Junction and other valley communities.

According to local authorities at the Grand River Mosquito Control District except a higher number of mosquitos this summer, specifically in the Orchard Mesa area. However, any neighborhood along the river can be suspectable to infestation.

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It's making me itch just thinking about it. This isn't good news for us fisherman. Stomping along the bank and wading the river is just asking for it. The Grand River Mosquito Control District has begun spraying near the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers.

We've all heard the dangers of mosquitos and the potential viruses they can carry. West Nile, Malaria, Encephalitis, and Zinka just to name a few. Granted, the chance of being infected by one of these illnesses is slim to none, that doesn't mean it can't happen. For the record, worldwide nearly 700 million people get a mosquito-borne illness each year resulting in more than a million deaths.

Yea I know, one more thing to deal with. Remember, when headed outdoors, even for a short time, always use repellent. Patch up the holes in the screen door and empty any standing water around your place. For more information, you can contact the Grand River Mosquito Control District.

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