Kent County Health Department warns of increasing mosquito and tick populations
Patrick Center May 17, 2013 | WGVU
“It’s gross. I hate them.”
What’s bugging Amanda Nassif are mosquitoes, swarms of them, hatched this week.
“Lots of them everywhere even in my front yard, just sitting in my front yard. Even during the day around noon I was getting bit up. Even here at the zoo I was getting bit up.”
All the biting is the result of the spring flooding. The perpetrators are even called Spring Flood Mosquitoes. They get the name from where they lay their eggs when they hatch. Think of add water – stir. The Spring Flood Mosquito lays its eggs in flood planes and wooded areas. There’s been a build-up of these eggs that can lie dormant for up to seven years. This year, when the spring floods swamped flood plains and wooded areas…voila! The broods come to life.
“For the next couple weeks there’s going to be a lot of mosquitoes.”
That’s Dr. James Dunn. He studies insects at Grand Valley State University. He tells us they’ll lay more eggs then die. They’re a temporary nuisance.
“These particular mosquitoes do not carry West Nile Virus. It is the Summer Flood Water Mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.
Emerging later in June. The Kent County Health Department is warning of mosquitoes and ticks. It’s forecasting a record number of ticks this year.
“We have a newer species of tick, it’s called the Blacklegged Tick, that’s come into our area, West Michigan, from Illinois or Indiana, and they’re a serious public health concern because they can transmit Lyme Disease.”
The Health Department is advising if you go outdoors to where repellent containing DEET and where clothing covering skin. When you return from the outdoors, shower and inspect for ticks, especially children. If you discover a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers and pinch as close to your skins surface to dislodge it. Clean the skin with rubbing alcohol and soap.
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