“They’re just pretty dang horrible,” said Howard Russell, a Michigan State University entomologist.
Depending on the amount of upcoming rain, Russell expects the mosquito population to become “pretty ferocious.”
Since late-May, residents have flocked to hardware stores searching for insect-related products. Jeff Dean, manager of Ace Hardware in Spring Lake, said they also noticed an uptick in sales during the recent Fourth of July holiday weekend with more people outdoors and camping.
Customers have purchased repellent high in DEET and a Cutter Backyard Bug Control spray that attaches to a garden hose, Dean said, and can be used to treat a yard.
“But I think no matter what you do, they will still be there,” he said.
As people venture outdoors, health officials advise everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites as West Nile virus activity has been detected in a mosquito pool in Saginaw County.
Last year, the virus killed two Michigan residents and caused 36 illnesses. Throughout the country, there were 2,469 West Nile virus cases and 119 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include a high fever, confusion, severe headache and muscle weakness.
Throughout the country, West Nile activity is on the rise.
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