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Expert Predicts Bad Year For Mosquitoes

Expert Predicts Bad Year For Mosquitoes Click to Enlarge Photo: Pixabay

(KNSI) - Minnesota's expert on mosquitoes says they're expecting a tough year when it comes to dealing with the state's unofficial bird.

Minnesota Department of Health's Dave Neitzel was on guest of KNSI's Bob Hughes and talked about what's driving the bugs population.

"With all the wet weather we've been having, that will enhance the production of mosquitoes especially when we get a little more warmth out there to speed up their development."

He says mosquitoes breed in shallow stagnant water. He says the first round of bugs found plenty of water in wooded areas after the snow melted and recent rains.

"A lot of those mosquitoes are already out at least as far north as Duluth and all points south."

He says if we have a warm summer, he expects the mosquito population to explode in July and August.

While mosquitoes are mainly annoying, they can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus and Jamestown Canyon Virus.

Experts recommend using a bug repellent with up to 30-percent DEET or permethrin-based products to keep the pests from biting.

For more on Minnesota's mosquitoes, click here.