LANSING, MI (WILX) - Summer is here and it has brought along a pest that is hard to escape, the mosquito.
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This pest can take a fun day outdoors and turn it into an annoying time, leaving you itching and scratching.
News 10 looked at why its population is growing and how to keep their bites at bay.
One person at Crego Park in Lansing told News 10's Cryss Walker that she has probably swatted a hundred of them (mosquitoes).
Crego Park in Lansing is full of nature's charms, like water and vegetation.
It is these conditions that are the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Charles Jarvis, of Lansing told us, "I was over there on the other side. It's a little more pleasant. Still some mosquitoes out but over here it's pretty bad."
Constant rain and hot weather is creating an uptick in the pests versus previous years, that's according to technicians from the Mosquito Squad in Lansing.
State health regulators recommend repellents like DEET to help protect yourself from bites and potential illnesses.
Lynn Suftin, an MDHHS spokesperson says, "Mosquitoes can carry diseases that can be very serious sometimes. One is West Nile Virus. In some cases, it can cause high fever, headache, muscle weakness, and even something more serious like neurological diseases such as encephalitis or meningitis."
The West Nile Virus is a commonly seen in Michigan, but there are currently no reported human cases.
Experts say it is best to stay in at dawn and dusk to avoid increased chances of mosquito contact.
It is also helpful to remove standing water... And keep yards clear of debris and brush.
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