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Recent Hot, Humid Weather Means Prime Conditions for Mosquitoes

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REGION (WGGB) — You spray, slap and swat them away all summer long, but just like every year, those pesky blood-sucking bugs are back, and according to some, 2013 is going to be a record year for mosquitoes

However. there are ways you can reduce your risk of being chewed on.

Mosquitoes. Just the sound of their high pitched buzzing is enough to make us cringe, and already, people are noticing their abundance this year.

“I don’t know…I think that they’re on steroids or something. With all the rain that we’ve been having, they’ve just been out of control,” says Luis Vazquez of Southbridge.

And Vazquez is right.

“This is definitely going to be an exceptional year for mosquitoes,” says Robert Russell, Entomologist at American Pest Solutions.

According to Russell, the amount of standing water and other conditions are a perfect storm for mosquito development.

“With the high temperatures and high humidity, and stable overnight temperatures, as fast as mosquitoes can develop…we’re in that situation now,” Russell adds.

So what can we do?

Russell explains, “Homeowners can do things like making sure that they clean up any standing water on their property…buckets, kiddie pools that aren’t being used, anything that can hold water, and the one thing that people miss most is their gutters.”

And then there’s spraying your yard – a service that many companies offer and is effective in battling these biting bugs.

“That’s an appropriate response today, and with the populations growing at the rate they are, I think that’s going to be a really important thing this summer.”

Russell also recommends avoiding the outdoors at dusk, when mosquitoes are at their peak. If you do need to venture outdoors, he recommends wearing a bug repellent with no higher than 25 percent concentration of DEET.

With at least one case of West Nile Virus already confirmed in Massachusetts, Russell believes an alert will be issued for that as we progress through mosquito season.

Traditionally, West Nile Virus will be identified in birds and animals before humans contract the disease.

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