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Temperatures lead to West Nile Virus threat

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As the temperatures rise outside so does the threat of the West Nile Virus.

The Benton County Mosquito Control District is urging everyone to make sure they stay safe by preventing mosquitoes from breeding. Today the Control District focused on standing water, especially in tires, where they say mosquitoes breed each year.

Mosquito Control District workers say most people don't realize a worn out tire sitting in your back yard can be a problem, but as we get closer to summer, it becomes a prime spot for mosquitoes, which may carry the West Nile Virus.

Workers collected about 3,000 tires today with the hope of reducing the mosquito population and lowering the risk of future infections. 

Control District workers say the virus has been around for years, which is why everyone should dump out any standing water in their yards and get rid of those old tires.