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Bugs are worse than usual this season

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You don't have to be outdoors long to realize, bugs are bad this year.

Elkhart County Environmental Health Supervisor says the season has just began. "It's going to be bad now through September or October. The mosquitos are off to a good start this spring due to the great amount of moisture we had, we had a lot of late snows and a good amount of rain."

Last year, drought conditions brought a low bug count, but this season Cameron says the numbers are up even for normal spring conditions. And it's not just mosquitos. "Ticks are out in full force already this year," says Cameron.

At Arrow Pest Control, assistant manager Chuck Dreibelbis is seeing the same trend. "We probably had a record month for the month of May and with the increase of the rain and the weather we've had, we've seen an increase in mosquitos, ants, and ticks."

And he says they're finding some of the pests in unusual places. "We're seeing them in brand new commercial buildings that are under construction, workers contacting us about ticks on them during building new sites, so in places where there aren't trees we're finding tick activity."

He says now is the busiest time of year for his crews, which is why you'll see them out spraying down bushes and trees. "This really is more insect season."

He says there are some easy ways to keep bugs away. "The best thing people can do regardless of the pests is to make sure your garbage is bagged up and put in appropriate containers, keep things cleaned up around your home."

Wear repellant and avoid the outdoors during dusk and dawn. "This is going to be, I feel one of the biggest years we've seen in a long time."

And with a rise in bugs, Cameron says she also expects to see a rise in West Nile virus. There haven't been any reported cases of the disease  yet this season, but they already have traps around the area to be on the lookout.

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