More Rain Means More Mosquitoes

6:22 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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Mosquitoes seem to be enjoying this warmer weather almost as much as we are.

With the recent rain, there are pools of stagnant water that make great homes for those pesky bugs.

This summer, the mosquito population has increased because of rain. It's so bad that some families move their fun indoors.

"When the babies tell you go go, you know it's bad," says Sandrea McCornell, who brought her children to Amerson Water Works Park.

9-year-old Madison Burns from Warner Robins says she's always getting bitten by mosquitoes. 

The complaints are up. Bibb County Mosquito spraying coordinator, Joe Bridges, already used 800 gallons of repellent.

"This is a little bit more than we already use," he says.

Mosquitoes breed in places with standing water.

Why is it that certain people seem to suffer from the pests more than others?

There is a lot of research out there on the topic.

Scienceline lists several factors: carbon dioxide in your breath, body temperature, and blood type.

When you are active outdoors, you exhale more carbon dioxide and your body temperature increases.

Pregnant women also exhale more CO2 and have higher body temperatures.

If you are drinking an alcoholic beverage, that also increases your body temperature.

And it makes you less likely to notice or swat mosquitoes.

Blood type may also be a factor.

People release certain chemicals that are unique to their blood type.

Mosquitoes respond to people with Type O blood more than any other.

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