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DULUTH - The land of 10,000 lakes is usually a nickname that Minnesotans take pride in, until it comes to mosquito season.
Mosquitoes are worse this year because of the late spring.
Specific species of mosquitoes hatch earlier in the season.
With snow still on the ground in May, those bugs couldn't hatch at their usual time causing them to come much later in the year.
The variation of temprature and rain also makes a difference in breeding schedules.
With heat followed by rain, followed by another warm up, mosquitoes have an ideal breeding season.
The bugs breed in standing water such as ponds and calm lakes.
Rain is the base of the problem because when everything is wet, mosquitoes have more breeding area.
The bugs are attracted to the scents that living people or animals give off and also the carbon dioxide exhaled.
Commonly used cirtonella candles and tiki-torches give off a different scent that distracts the mosquitoes from living things.
Adam's Pest Control entomogists reccommend using a tablet to treat any standing water near your home.
The tablet kills the larva before they turn into mosquitoes.
Using a fog or a spray is also another option if you are looking for a quick fix.
Bug spray with deet also does the trick for short term use.
Getting your trees and bushes professionally treated can be a good long term fix.
To keep from getting bit, the best reccommendation is staying inside.
The most active time of day for mosquitoes is 30 minutes before dawn and 30 minutes before dusk.