West Fargo, ND - North Dakotans who will be celebrating July 4th with outdoor activities can expect to have plenty of company in the form of mosquitoes. Still, there are effective ways to keep the skeeters at bay. Comments from Ben Prather (PRAY-ther), director, Cass County Vector Control. Photo available of a mosquito.
After the long cool spring, mosquitoes in North Dakota are trying to make up for lost time as the Fourth of July approaches. Ben Prather with Cass County Vector Control says there will be plenty of mosquitoes looking for a holiday meal, thanks to healthy rains that crossed parts of the state in the recent weeks.
|"And of course, some pretty catastrophic river flooding in other areas that are going to increase significantly the mosquito population. So, I would say over the next month at least, we're going to see heightened biting pressure."|
Currently, there are about three-dozen mosquito species that live in North Dakota.
As far as mosquito repellents go, Prather says for the best results stick with DEET and shy away from the various "home-remedy" options.
|"There are a few out there that show some fruit, but definitely go with the products that are registered. Your DEETs, lemon of oil eucalyptus is a more natural-style repellent that is now registered as a EPA repellent. Picaridin is an active ingredient in some of the more natural, quote-unquote, kinds of repellents."|
Prather also suggests wearing light-colored, loose and long-sleeved clothing to help keep the bites down.