CDC issues new warning for bugs this year

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With the summer-like temperatures come a new warning from the Center for Disease Control to beware of the bugs.

Black flies, mosquitoes, and all sorts of bugs are back. While they can be annoying, they can also be dangerous. American Pest Solutions was out Wednesday spraying a Wilbraham back yard with a natural tick and mosquito treatment.

"We'll be applying the mosquito and tick treatment to the parameter of the yard, mostly on bushes and trees and under the leaves," said Jesse Morrissette with American Pest Solutions. With six grandchildren, homeowner James Auclair doesn't want to take any chances. "If you look up to the tree line, we have a lot of dead brush in there and new growth all the time which brings in the ticks. We also have the river right across the street which is a breeding ground for every mosquito in the state," said Auclair. According to new numbers from the CDC, illnesses from ticks and mosquitoes more than tripled between 2004 and 2016, and it's expected to be worse this year. Entomologist Bob Russell told Western Mass News there is a greater awareness of the dangers of mosquitoes and ticks, and his business is busier than ever.

Russell said he can't stress mosquito control enough and urges anyone to remove any standing water, even the smallest amount. "Mosquitoes we're finding that are transmitting disease organic matter in the water like a gutter where you have leaf debris. Decomposing and you have that dark liquid," Russell noted. It turns out that organic matter and leaf debris is like an all-you-can-eat buffet for mosquitoes.

This is the time of year when you could be seeing an increase in black flies as well.

"They are a biting fly and they are relentless, and it actually hurts when they bite you," Russell noted. The good news black flies are seasonal, and will only last a week or two.

According to the CDC, the length of the mosquito breeding cycle is generally 10 to 14 days in standing water, and any standing water should be dumped at least once a week.

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