Insect repellent sales and calls for professional services are on the increase as local residents seek relief from the flying, blood-thirsty menaces.
Tim Dean, owner of Ace Hardware in Spring Lake, said products to kill mosquitoes and other flying insects have been flying off the shelves in the past week or so.
Dean said the biting season hit early. It's mid-June through late-July that tends to bring residents in looking for relief.
“We haven’t seen this before,” he said.
For Jack Den Uyl, owner of Mosquito Squad of West Michigan Lakeshore, this spring’s mosquito population has increased business and his workforce. He said they’ve hired additional staff to help with the booming 350 percent increase in calls in the past 30 days.
Although he expected last month’s flooding and recent rainfall to have an impact on the mosquito population, Den Uyl said he never anticipated business to be as good as it is now.
Den Uyl said clients are frustrated and wooded areas have been a disaster.
“It’s been where people are desperate because they truly can’t walk outdoors without being inundated with mosquitoes,” he said.
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