The continuing heavy rains and their after-effects — standing water and mud puddles — have made excellent conditions for mosquitoes to thrive.

And mosquitoes are out in force.

“We’ve had lots of calls — 30 or more just today (Monday),” said Alicia Long, health administrator with the Brown County Health Department.

The City of Brownwood contracts with TechnaKill, to spray for mosquitoes, and residents who live within the city limits of Brownwood can call the department to have the streets and alleyways of their neighborhoods sprayed.

“They don’t spray the residence per se,” said Long, “but they spray along the streets and alleyway, which does help control the mosquitoes.”

The number for the health department is 646-0554, and the health department handles the “need to spray” calls for the City of Brownwood.

Derrick Darby, with TechnaKill, said the spraying is done at night or in the very late evening, usually starting at about 8:30 p.m., “because that’s the most effective time.”

“We would like to remind people who may be out walking, that it’s really best to avoid the spray,” Darby said. “Sometimes kids think it’s fun, I guess, to follow the plume or fog, but they really shouldn’t.”

Darby also said people can help cut down on the infestation, by being aware of where mosquitoes breed.

“Standing water,” he said. “Mosquitoes love stagnant standing water. That’s where they breed.”

Long said with the hot, humid conditions, water can become stagnant rather quickly. As a checklist, she recommends:

Empty children’s wading pools after each use; Change water in birdbaths frequently; Air-conditioning drains and old tires are typically mosquito breeding grounds that should be checked and drained or emptied; Planters or pots not holding plants, but that are out and can collect rainwater should be emptied and moved to where they can’t be filled again; Pets’ water dishes should be emptied, cleaned and filled with fresh water daily.