Mosquitoes chew in full power within the South Metro – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says mosquitoes are really bad in some parts of the southern subway.
The agency has been searching neighborhoods for mosquitoes since last week, according to Alex Carlson, public affairs coordinator at MMCD. Then they bring them back to the lab to find out where they came from so they can treat those rivers and streams.
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“We had a crew today who did a sweep here. This is in Bloomington and they found about a dozen black flies on their web, ”said Carlson. “We’re going to a bridge and throwing a larvicide in the water that specifically targets the black fly larva.”
For the first time this year they have been treated for biting mosquitos. They do not have diseases, but they can leave welts.
“They gnaw the skin to get the blood and then they just go,” Carlson said. “They’re really bad little bugs.”
According to MMCD, many of them report in places like Savage, Burnsville, Shakopee, Prior Lake, and Bloomington.
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“Bug spray helps,” said Carlson. “It doesn’t work for everyone, so we recommend different types.”
Cover up, especially your head and neck. Skip scents and perfumes and avoid hotspots during peak afternoon hours.
Windy, cooler days will help – even though we are almost out of the woods.
“Black flies have a lifespan of two to three weeks,” said Carlson. “Hopefully the good news for the people who are suffering right now is that they won’t have to suffer too long.”
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MMCD officials say you can contact them if the mosquitoes in your area are bad. It helps them find the source and treat it.