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Wet June Means A Mosquito-Filled Fourth Of July

With 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.

06/30/2014

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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.

06/12/2014

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Mosquito Population ‘Explodes’ After Holiday Weekend

Now 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.

05/28/2014

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Mosquito Season Is Back

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer and it also kicked off the start to mosquito season.

05/27/2014

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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.

05/14/2014

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Short Mosquito Season Squishes West Nile Threat

Mosquitoes are not exactly the sign of spring that most of us look for.

05/08/2013

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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.

08/02/2012

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Good Question: Do Certain People Attract Mosquitoes?

We probably don’t even have to remind you, but we are in peak mosquito season. While some seem almost immune to bites, others claim to be magnets for mosquitoes.

06/26/2012

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Mosquito Control Working To Calm The Season’s Spike

With all the rain we had last week, you’d expect a spike in mosquitos. But the mosquito control folks are doing their best to keep them in check.

06/26/2012

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Smartphone Apps Claim To Keep Mosquitoes At Bay, But Do They Work?

There’s a new weapon in the battle against mosquitoes: smartphone apps that make sounds mosquitoes are supposed to hate.

05/29/2012

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Mosquito Control Working To Ease The Biting Blues

The whirling sound of a helicopter’s blades in your neighborhood may mean you will be spared from those itchy, red bites this spring and summer.

04/04/2012

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Good Question: What Are Those Biting Bugs?

They are miniature, silent, sneaky little bugs, still snacking on us even in mid-October.

10/11/2011

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