Warmer Temps and Plenty of Standing Water Making Things Perfect for Mosquitoes

Warmer Temps and Plenty of Standing Water Making Things Perfect for Mosquitoes

After the cold winter and all the rain in May the warmer days in June with blue skies has been a very pleasant experience. But, what seems to disturb our enjoyment of the great outdoors has been the number of bugs flying around our face.

For a while it seemed the gnats and flies have been the only things bugging us, but, mosquitoes are now coming out with a vengeance.

Ogle County Health Department Administrator Kyle Auman said it has been a late beginning for mosquito season.  But, they are now getting calls about the little monsters.

Auman said with all of the standing water around and warmer temps, this is the perfect breeding conditions.  He further said West Nile Virus has already been found in parts of Illinois and it is only a matter of time before it shows up in the Sauk Valley.

Auman said they have just now begun putting out traps to catch mosquitoes for testing. He wants to remind people that mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.  He says wear long sleeve shirts and long pants with shoes and socks while outdoors.  He says bug repellent with deet is also very much needed.