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Mosquito population grows as summer continues

Mosquito population grows as summer continues

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With all the wet weather we have been having, you have probably noticed an increase in bugs.

Experts say it is time to break out the bug spray because these critters are here to stay and they're particularly bad this summer.

The main reason is because of all the stagnant water like this around Michiana. The pools of dirty water are the breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There has been so much rain, experts say we should expect a lot more mosquitoes as the summer goes on.

Which is definitely annoying for folks who love spending time outside.

"[The bugs] are very annoying this year," said Shawn Rivet.

Rivet is sick and tired of all the bugs this summer, especially the mosquitoes. She says she constantly has to spray her kids down with bug spray. That is when it's actually alright to send them outside.

"It gets really bad at night," said Rivet. "They like to catch lightning bugs, but we tell them to come inside because the mosquitoes are just so bad this year."

Experts from the Elkhart County Environmental Health Department say the bugs have been bad because of all the wet weather Michiana has had recently. The problem is the water hasn't been drying up quickly enough, leaving the mosquitoes some nice breeding grounds all over the area.

"As long as we keep having these conditions. Conditions are good right now for insects," said Gabe Cameron, Elkhart Co. Environmental Health Department.

Almost everyone says they have already had enough of the bugs though. So, they are definitely not excited about the possibility of more of the insects popping up as the summer moves along.

"I don't like it. I don't want to see any more bugs," said Camie Green. "Especially mosquitoes. They're so annoying."

Green is another mom who has been constantly drenching her kids in bug repellent. She is worried about West Nile Virus, so she keeps a bottle of the spray in her car.

"The more mosquitoes the more chance of that so that's another reason that I keep that in my car," said Green.

The Elkhart Environmental Health Department says about 99 percent of people who are infected by West Nile won't show severe symptoms. They remind everyone to still stay protected though, by emptying out any stagnant water around your home and making sure you're wearing bug repellent with DEET in it when you go out at night.

Gabe Cameron "It is a very small percentage that do get the disease, but if you do it's extremely dangerous. I would be careful."

There have not been any reported cases of West Nile in Michiana yet, but not too far away in Adams Co., IN they did have one report.

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