Wet spring leads to large mosquito population
CREATED Jul. 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 11, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- "I slapped a few this year," said Chad Fischer.
"We've noticed. We've been up north a few times and they made it almost unbearable in the evenings. And at home in Elkhorn they've been worse than usual too," says Molly Krejcarek.
If you've been bitten more than usual, or had a few more welts from mosquitoes this year, you're not alone.
"Well, it was a very wet spring so I think it has been a bad year for mosquitoes. Certainly compared to last year," said Marquette Associate Professor Edward Blumenthal.
The drought last year kept most of the nagging insects at bay.
"Mosquitoes, like most insects, have to breed in water. So when you don't have water, you don't have mosquitoes," Blumenthal said.
Aside from just an irritating, itchy bite, mosquitoes can carry harmful diseases like West Nile. Last year year just in Milwaukee County, there were 27 West Nile cases, and 3 people died from West Nile. A reason mother Molly Krejcarek takes the increase seriously.
"We've tried some of the kid's sprays. They don't seem to help very much. So more just keeping him inside in the evening and early morning when they're bad," Krejcarek said.
Later this month the city will put out larvicide to try and cut down on the skeeter population.