New Bloodshed In Wisconsin: Thousands Of Victims
WAUWATOSA, WISCONSIN – May 30, 2018
Hungry vampires are back and hunting for your blood. Mosquito season has returned to Wisconsin and has become acute in many areas, including Wauwatosa, Portage, and Caledonia.
The Robinsons came to Wisconsin for a Memorial Day holiday and left with some big bug bites. “My son was repeatedly bitten on his little ankles; also my daughter was too. As we were riding in the car, she got bit,” says their mother, Kelly Robinson.
“There’s one there, one there, and one there. It’s horrible,” victims complained.
In Wauwatosa, the pests swarmed a woman and her dog around dusk. “I’m surprised they can bite him with all that fur right by the ears and in the nose,” a woman says.
Entomologist John Cane from a local pest control company said that the amount of mosquitoes this early is unusual.
“Soon it’ll get worse.” said the specialist. “It will be the lowest, slowest part of the mosquito season probably into mid to late September.”
He suggests using repellent with DEET to protect yourself, or a yard spray if you’re hosting an evening barbeque. As a precaution, manufacturers advise that DEET products should not be used under clothing or on damaged skin and those products be washed off after they are no longer needed or between applications. Some experts recommend against applying DEET and sunscreen simultaneously since that would increase the DEET penetration.
The better long lasting approach is to take a long hard look at your property or business. Look around for drainage issues: the more water around your home, the more mosquitoes.
They like to breed near bodies of water, and the surge of bloodsuckers is expected to continue with more rainy, and warm weather on the way.
The city of Portage is a disaster area, too. The wet spring has resulted in numerous areas of standing water — especially in Portage’s low-lying First Ward, where some ditches still have enough moisture to create ideal mosquito breeding sites.
As explained by the city’s public works director Aaron Jahncke, although mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, the Portage canal is not the principal source of the city’s infestation. That’s because mosquitoes, unless they’re wafted by a breeze, typically don’t fly far from their breeding site – meaning a backyard puddle, rain barrel, planter, pet’s water dish or birdbath is probably the answer to the question, “Where are all those mosquitoes coming from?”