It’s a feeding frenzy along the Connecticut shore, where aggressive mosquitoes are setting their sights on humans and biting during the day.
While we typically think of mosquitoes when the sun goes down, the salt marsh mosquito is doing its damage during the day.
According to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which monitors and tests mosquitoes, the state is now seeing, and more importantly feeling, a large number of aedes sollicitans....the salt marsh mosquito, and the key issue is they bite during the day.
"I know how bad it can be, I've been to some of the neighborhoods, and there is an area in Stratford that's extremely bad,” said Dr. Theodore Andreidas, of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station.
He said the bugs are good flyers, and are able to travel up to 5 miles.
"It develops out in the salt marsh pans that become flooded during high tides, excessive rain fall. The mosquito is notorious because not only does it come off by the millions, but they're aggressive,” Andreidas said.
So if you’re planning on spending any time along the shore, be sure to pack the bug spray to go along with the sunblock.
Andreidas also provided some tips to keep in mind, saying "Short of staying indoors, avoiding these areas, use a commercially available repellent and the best repellent are those that contain DEET."
He added that the pests will pass, but it could take a few weeks for the mosquitoes to die off.
"These mosquitoes are not involved with transmission of West Nile Virus nor would they ever be suspected of transmission of ZIKA, we've had no ZIKA activity in the state. So there is not a major concern with regards to these mosquitoes carrying West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, but they are a real serious nuisance,” Andreidas said.
He added that if you’re having an outdoor event, you can hire a commercial pest company to fog the bushes. He said that should take care of the problem for a day or two, but after that the mosquitoes would come right back.
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