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Experts predict a stronger mosquito season in Wis.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A snowy winter and a rainy spring in Wisconsin have helped breed more mosquitoes.

University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri says standing water in flooded ditches and other spots is just what mosquitoes like.

Pelliterri tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that a single mosquito can go from egg to mature in two weeks in warm weather. He says that out of four main groups of mosquitoes in Wisconsin, the summer flood-water mosquitoes hatch the most and will be around until early fall.

Pelliterri says this year's crop of blood-sucking mosquitoes will seem worse because the drought last summer kept many away. He recommends keeping grass and shrubbery trimmed to cut down on mosquitoes.

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