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Experts predict a stronger mosquito season in Wis.


UPDATED Friday, June 14--- 5:30 p.m.

It's pest season, and this year, they're out in full force.

"We are going to have adult mosquitoes feeding on us for weeks to come," said technical training director at Wil-Kil Pest Control, Shane McCoy.

Wisconsin is home to all 58 species of mosquitoes in North America, so your chances of getting bit are already pretty high.

"This year we're going to have tons of mosquitoes," said McCoy.

But our rainy spring means even more mosquitoes than usual.

Mowing your lawns and getting rid of standing water in your lawns is key to keeping the bugs out.

Ticks are not as affected by weather, but McCoy said there are at a high level this season as well.

If you're spending time outside near brushy areas, wear long sleeved shirts and pants and check yourself for ticks when you're done.

"Mosquitoes are the most deadly animal in the world actually," said McCoy.

Encountering mosquitoes or ticks comes with the potential for deadly diseases-- Lyme and West Nile.

Also make sure to check your pets for ticks.

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Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 --- 10:49 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A snowy winter and a rainy spring in Wisconsin have helped breed more mosquitoes.

University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Phil Pelliterri says standing water in flooded ditches and other spots is just what mosquitoes like.

Pelliterri tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that a single mosquito can go from egg to mature in two weeks in warm weather. He says that out of four main groups of mosquitoes in Wisconsin, the summer flood-water mosquitoes hatch the most and will be around until early fall.

Pelliterri says this year's crop of blood-sucking mosquitoes will seem worse because the drought last summer kept many away. He recommends keeping grass and shrubbery trimmed to cut down on mosquitoes.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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