UPDATE: Wisconsin mosquito season off to an annoying start

Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014 --- 9:30 p.m.

Many are calling this the worst week yet for mosquitoes, likely because of the recent heavy rains.

Dozens of kids are attending day camp this week at the UW Arboretum, and camp director Jennifer Mitchell is urging parents to dress their kids in pants and long sleeves to protect from the bugs.

“In the last week, they've been really bad. Prior to that, they were not so bad so I'd say they've gotten worse and worse, since that heavy rain,” Mitchell said.

Because of the influx of mosquitoes, Mitchell said she is shifting activities to different areas where the bugs aren't as bad.

“We just are real careful about the places we hike and take the kids. We keep them out of the deep, deep woods where they're the worst,” she said.

The bugs aren't just bad at the arboretum. Erik Price, owner of Mosquito Authority of Wisconsin, said this has been his busiest week of business ever.

“It's insane, I have people who are almost literally in tears when they're calling me,” he said.

Price is working overtime just to try to get to all of his calls.

“We have 66 different mosquitoes in the state... and they all need mammalian blood to survive, so we're it,” he said.


Posted: Saturday, June 07, 2014 --- 4:45 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mosquito season is already off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin.

The problem has been so bad that one canoeing company turned away customers rather than send them on a bug-infested river. But the overall summer outlook might not be so bad.

PJ Liesch is an entomologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He says an abrupt change in weather conditions caused mosquitoes to hatch all at once instead of gradually. He says that might make the season seem worse than usual, but early indications suggest it'll be average.

Ed Hammer runs Wisconsin River Outfitters in Lake Tomahawk. He's turned away half a dozen customers, saying he doesn't want bugs to ruin their adventures. He says swarms have been so massive that their buzzing is easily audible.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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