RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Local experts believe this upcoming mosquito season could be worse than ever before.
Summer is close and most people are itching to get outside, but Ellis Henderson, a Henrico resident who spoke with 8News, isn’t excited.
“Because mosquito and ticks, that’s one of the reasons why I don’t like to be outdoors,” Henderson said.
Henderson and his dog Tyson were playing in the yard when they both got bit by mosquitoes and ticks.
“I was upset, I was kind of pissed off,” Henderson explained.
Henderson called technicians from Mosquito Authority to get those pesky bloodsuckers out of his yard.
“We’ve seen an enormous amount of increase in mosquito pressure,” Anthony Duncan, a Mosquito Authority technician said.
Duncan told 8News the recent rain and flooding in the area plays a huge roll in the uptick in not only mosquitoes and ticks.
“This is, has been the worse season we’ve seen,” Duncan said.
“Once it gets dry, it’s going to get worse,” Henderson told 8News.
Duncan warns people to keep an eye out for any standing water outside of their homes, which if looked after could prevent mosquitos from breeding in the area.
“Taking one day a week to tip and toss. That’s basically tipping out all the water in these containers,” Duncan said.
Experts said wearing loose and light-colored clothing will also help keep mosquitoes and ticks away.