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Mosquitoes mass at Lake Roosevelt
Mosquitoes mass at Lake Roosevelt

The National Park Service wants visitors preparing to come to Lake Roosevelt this holiday weekend to be ready for mosquitos at the campgrounds, boat launches and day use facilities. Conditions this summer at Lake Roosevelt have been optimal for mosquitos. Visitors, park staff, neighbors and partners have been dealing with an extraordinarily large mosquito population, especially in the north district near Kettle Falls.

The National Park Service encourages visitors to plan to protect themselves from mosquitos during their stay, especially at dawn and dusk. Loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants combined with mosquito repellant will offer good protection. When using repellants, look for products registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, always follow label instructions and take special care when applying to children. Also make sure screens on windows and doors on recreational vehicles and tents are in good, working order.

While park staff say they understand from personal experience the desire to control the mosquito population, National Park Service regulations protecting natural resources in the area do not allow for spraying unless mosquitos are found to be carrying diseases like West Nile.  

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