Hot weather brings mosquitoes

Chikungunya is spread when Asian tiger mosquitoes (shown) or fever mosquitoes bite someone already infected, then bite someone else. Both types of mosquitoes are common in the South, but are active during the day. (Thinkstock)

Nick Iannelli,

WASHINGTON – Temperatures are soaring, bringing with them everyone’s least favorite insect.

“Mosquito season is upon us,” says University of Maryland Entomology Professor Michael Raupp. “As the temperature warms, eggs will hatch.”

You may have already seen some mosquitoes flying around, hunting for you.

Raupp says he was bitten last week.

Currently the native species are most prevalent. They typically bite during dawn or dusk.

The more menacing-looking Asian Tiger Mosquitoes will be around very soon.

“We might expect to see some of these guys become active and begin their daytime biting routines,” says Raupp.

“Probably in about three weeks from now we’ll be treated to the pleasure of the Asian Tiger.”

According to Raupp, the D.C. region is overrun with the species.

If you are hoping to keep them away, there are a few precautions you can take.

Raupp suggests you wear long sleeves, avoid shorts, wear repellent and place a fan near you when you are sitting down.

Mosquitoes might pack a mean bite, but they are puny little weaklings when it comes to trying to fly through wind generated by even a small fan.

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