Mike McLean

West Nile Virus Season Has ArrivedThis cold and rainy weather may be reminiscent of autumn, but it is time to think about mosquitoes. It is the time of year when most cases of West Nile Virus are reported. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile was found in four Minnesotans who donated blood over the summer.
How To Protect Yourself From New Deer Tick-Borne DiseasesSummer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there -- but scientists say it's not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.
Mosquito Experts Meet To Eradicate Summer PestsA regional conference in the Twin Cities will have a bearing on how much you'll enjoy the coming summer. That’s because 120 members of the North Central Mosquito Control Association are gathered at the University of Minnesota to discuss insect control strategies and surveillance.
Tick Uptick Raises Tick Risk Meter To HighAn earlier tick season may coming in Minnesota. On Friday, the first day of spring, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District raised its "tick risk meter" from medium to high.
Twin Cities Metro Gets Winter Mosquito TreatmentWith the snow, ice, and cold still lingering -- there is one sign that spring is right around the corner. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District is treating more than 100 acres in the metro this week because of thin ice conditions.
Wet June Means A Mosquito-Filled Fourth Of JulyWith the second rainiest June on record, all that standing water in ponds and lakes may leave you feeling itchy. "Mosquitos develop in places that are dry most of the time, but then fill up with water after a rainstorm," said Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Communications Coordinator Mike McLean. We've really seen those kind of places fill up.
Nesting Loons Plagued By Black Fly Onslaught The peaceful call of loons in northern Minnesota is coming under attack by the pestering buzz of biting black flies. "It must be hard for them to see, let alone even breathe," said Lori Naumann, a non-game specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.
Mosquito Population 'Explodes' After Holiday WeekendNow that the weather's getting nice, Minnesota's most common pest is popping out. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said over the Memorial Day weekend there was an explosion in the mosquito population.
Mosquito Season Is BackMemorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer and it also kicked off the start to mosquito season.
Mosquito Control Experts Already Combating West Nile In Minnesota, it's well known that rabbits can't even multiply at the rate of mosquitoes. "I noticed earlier this year on one of the first nice days we all went outside and we all got bit," said Amy Hall of Minneapolis.
Short Mosquito Season Squishes West Nile Threat Mosquitoes are not exactly the sign of spring that most of us look for.
Good Question: Why Isn’t There Tick Spray For Humans? We've had to put up with plenty of heat, but also plenty of pests this summer.