Michiana's mosquito woes

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Heavy rains in late August have the biting pests hatching and swarming Michiana.

Getting stuck outside on a muggy night might make you a mosquito's feast.

Michael Whiteman and his son Hrothgar had no choice Wednesday night.

“We're locked out, so we're hanging out waiting for my wife to get off of work,” Michael says.

They waited at Leeper Park. The mosquitoes there were nothing compared to what they endured at the lake Labor Day weekend.

”We were camping out in a little piece of woods that we own there, and there the mosquitoes were thick,” Michael says.

“They like picked on me all day,” Hrothgar adds.

The young boy’s war wounds from Labor Day weekend were fading, but still itchy. Luckily he didn’t get any more bug bites Wednesday afternoon.

But, as day light faded, the mosquitoes came out in full force.

A pair of Notre Dame students who were hitting the books at a lakeside picnic table were also swatting away mosquitoes.

Kelly Clancy says she’s not scared of a few bug bites.

“No. I’ve had enough mosquito bites in my life, and nothing has happened. So, I haven’t been too worried,” Clancy says.

Health officials say while the virus is nothing to take lightly, if you do get West Nile, chances are you won't even notice.

“Most people who get West Nile virus never even know they have it. 20% will develop some signs and symptoms,” George Kraus, epidemiologist for the St. Joseph County Department of Health, explains.

Just two cases of West Nile have been confirmed in Indiana this year.

Still officials say do what you can to keep mosquitoes away. Wear long sleeves at night, use bug spray, and get rid of any standing water.

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