ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The excessive rain this April has caused its fair share of problems for many people, but for the population of one of the most dreaded pests, the rains are just what they need to thrive.
It's the bothersome buzz and bite that can make outdoor plans a nightmare. The mosquito population's expected to be much worse than last year.
Mosquitoes are expected to be out in full force this spring and summer because of the April rains totaling to about three inches above average for the entire month.
Allen County Department of Health Vector Control Director David Fiess said April and May mosquitoes are generally just nuisance mosquitoes and are less likely to transmit viruses like West Nile.
Fiess said most virus transmitting mosquitoes start flying around in the mid and late summer months.
To protect yourself, wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and pants, and use insect repellent when outdoors.
Mosquito control is important, not only because they are a nuisance, but because they can transmit viruses like West Nile.
It's a concern to keep in mind, but experiencing West Nile symptoms is not as likely as you might think.
"80% of people that are bitten by infected mosquitoes, that are carrying West Nile, are not going to have any symptoms at all," Fiess said. "19% of people may have a few symptoms, and then 1% is more extreme symptoms."
If you recall, last summer's exceptional drought greatly held back mosquito activity by getting rid of many water sources where breeding and egg hatching takes place. The eggs may not have hatched last year, but they didn't die.
"Those eggs can survive up to ten years no matter how dry it gets," Fiess said. "When they are covered up with water, and it's warm enough, those eggs will hatch and we'll see those mosquitoes flying around.
The Allen County Department of Health has a brochure on mosquito prevention , protection, and how you can eliminate breeding sites.
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