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Wet weather increases mosquito population

MICHIGAN -- April showers brought May flowers but they are also responsible for the influx of mosquitoes.

Michigan's leading mosquito researcher is studying the flood-plain mosquito, the pest invading your backyard.

He says the heavy spring rains caused mosquitoes to hatch in flooded areas but the only thing you need to worry about with this species is a small bite or two.

"Our West Nile risk increases in July, August, September, so later in the year. The one's out there right now, do not carry that virus," said Ned Walker.

If you want to keep the mosquitoes away, he suggests chemical repellents for adults and lighter amounts for kids.

He also suggests finding a pet-safe repellent. The flood plain mosquito carries a parasite that can lead to heart worm in dogs.

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