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Experts: Mosquito population unusually high

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The buzz around Vermont and northern New York these days is mosquitoes.

If you've been swatting more than usual this spring, you're not alone. Experts say it's been a particularly buggy season.

Now that spring has sprung, the warmer temperatures and rain bring along the usual bothersome bugs.

"There's been quite an increase. There were actually a couple huge ones flying around my house the other day," said Kimberly Marrier from Plattsburgh.

But an entomologist at Plattsburgh State University says the mosquito population this year is unusually high.

"We've had a fairly long winter so it took a while and then things warmed up pretty good. And we kind of got this pulse of mosquitoes that we get every year, this year's pulse is particularly large," said Tim Mihuc, SUNY Plattsburgh Ecology Professor.

Professor Mihuc says with the increased mosquitoes, comes the increased chance of them carrying the West Nile or Encephalitis viruses.

"To prevent mosquitoes the best thing you can do is eliminate standing water. If you have tires or anything that holds standing water, you put out a trash can anything," said Mihuc.

One major mosquito spot in Plattsburgh is the creek behind the North Country Chamber of Commerce on Route 9 where if you walk outside you can get completely swarmed.

"Close my windows. That's about all you can do to prevent, they're a natural part of our environment," said Marrier.

Health officials recommend using mosquito repellant and covering up exposed skin when outside during peak mosquito times.

For mosquito bites, pharmacists recommend Cortisone anti-itch cream or Calamine lotion. Professor Mihuc says only time will tell if our summer will be as buggy as our spring.

"if it's wet, we'll have pretty decent populations throughout the summer. If it gets dry they'll decline," said Professor Mihuc.

It all depends on Mother Nature.

Experts say mosquitoes with triple E in our area usually come from Quebec. The number of mosquitoes carrying the virus increases towards late summer and early fall.

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