HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) — A weeks worth of rain on top of all the snow we saw this past winter are the ingredients for what will likely be a big mosquito population.
In Connecticut, state entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says the onslaught will likely begin when temperatures heat up next week.READ MORE: Police: Man Stabbed In Head With Machete After Argument At Walmart In Kearny, N.J.
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“When we get those types of temperatures in upper 70s and mid-80s, especially during early evening hours, these mosquitoes will be aggressively biting,” Andreadis explained.
Andreadis recalls last summer’s June heat wave that saw the mosquito population surge. Many of those mosquitoes were carriers of the West Nile Virus.
Hi advise? Andreadis says, “If you’re going out, bring a can of repellent.”
One way to help yourself from mosquitoes is to follow the 5 D’s of mosquito protection:READ MORE: Some Real Estate Agents Report Surge Of New Yorkers Moving From Manhattan To The Bronx
Dusk and Dawn
Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn. These are the prime times for mosquitoes.
Dress appropriately. Wear clothing that covers your skin.
Use repellents containing DEET. Products with 10% to 30% DEET are generally recommended for most situations and must be used properly.
Don’t keep stagnant or standing water in your yard. It’s a magnet and breeding ground for mosquitoes.
For the latest mosquito information in Connecticut, call 1-866-WNV-LINE (1-866-968-5463).MORE NEWS: Reopenings Continue On Broadway As 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Resumes Performances
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