Something bit me! A summer full of mosquitoes in KS


Kids are getting out of school and we’ve seen some warmer temperatures, these signs show that summer is here.

This season also brings out, you guessed it, mosquitoes.

A recent report by pest control giant “Orkin” shows that Wichita and the surrounding areas have a problem. Their study put Wichita in the top 50 worst cities for mosquitoes nationwide.

From your pets to your family we set out to problem solve your bite free summer.

As much as we would love to hear our pets talk they can’t tell us when they’ve been bit by a mosquito. Beneath the surface that bite can carry all sorts bad stuff.

"Heartworm season is also technically year-round but it is more prevalent in our area during the warmer months," says Dr. Susan Nelson with Kansas State Clinical Sciences.

That’s right, heartworm is a disease that can threaten the life of your cat or dog.

"So that is the disease that is spread by mosquitoes," added Dr. Nelson.

Before the summer is in full swing experts want to make sure your taking the right steps to protect your furry friends.

"We want to make sure that they are on their monthly heartworm preventives as well," says Dr. Nelson.

Ok, lets now move to humans. There are some things you can do to come across as less attractive to mosquitoes.

Studies found mosquitoes love the carbon dioxide from our breath, the more you exhale the more attractive you become to them.

On a related topic these insects are drawn to the heat from our bodies and to the lactic acid that comes through our skin. If you play some volleyball or do anything active outdoors don’t be surprised if mosquitoes flock to you after.

Also, sorry to spoil the party but studies show the more booze you put back increases your appeal to a thirsty mosquito. If you decide to get your buzz on make sure to mix in a shot or two of mosquito repellent.

So what’s the best way to treat a mosquito bite? Obviously don’t scratch it, instead take an antihistamine.

A couple of pills can relieve itching, redness, and swelling caused by a mosquito bite.

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