Fighting back against booming mosquito population

Fighting back against booming mosquito population

Mosquito concerns are growing after all of the rain we've had in northeast Ohio.

There is standing water everywhere just breeding those blood suckers.

Mosquito bites aren't just annoying, they can carry serious health risks. A mosquito carrying West Nile Virus was already found in Richland County. But so far health officials have not seen anyone infected.

A sunny day at Edgewater Park on Wednesday looked like a preview of the Fourth of July weekend.

People relaxed at picnic tables, rode bikes, or a ran and enjoyed the sunshine.

But all of the puddles were a reminder of all of the rain we've had.

The mosquitoes are sticking around.

"When it rains, there's really a lot out here and they're bugging me," said Felita Chandler.

Bethany Majeski, a Naturalist with the Rocky River Nature Center, says mosquitoes are at a seven or eight on a scale of one to 10.

"I would expect that we're going to have more mosquitoes than average just because of the standing water. It doesn't take much standing water for them to breed in," Majeski said.

And people are noticing.

"They've been pretty bad this year, pretty annoying, especially when there's rain," said Lisa Hill.

The American Mosquito Control Association says the country has seen more cases of viruses like West Nile in the last few years.

They recommend following the three D's: drain, dress and defend.

Empty water containers on your property, wear long sleeves and pants, and apply insect repellent with DEET in it.

You can also try to avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito times—at dawn and at dusk.

Wearing light colors when you're outside can help too.

CLICK HERE for more tips to prevent mosquito bites from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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