NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) - At least 1 million Michigan residents are hitting the roads for the Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Michigan.
Many of them will be camping, stopping at beaches or cooking out, and all are expected to encounter mosquitoes.
This year is expected to be one of the worst summers for mosquitoes on record, according to the Kent County Health Department.
When Randy Mannor and a group of fellow campers rolled into P.J. Hoffmaster State Park on Tuesday he was greeted by a host of mosquitoes.
"When I pulled in, in the evening time, I stopped to fill up the water on the camper. I was out less than two seconds and they were biting my ankles like crazy. And then all of a sudden they were going up my arm. It was pretty bad. I have never seen it that bad here before. I have seen a lot of mosquitoes before but it was pretty bad this time. I actually had to stop get the bug spray out spray myself down and then I could continue filling the camper," said Mannor.
Tuesday was a warm, summer-like day.
"Yeah I have never seen it quite that bad. It was pretty bad. When we got back to the site here I had to go grab the hat because they were just everywhere bugging me and stuff like that. And then that evening they were going crazy at us," he told 24 Hour News 8.
That has changed and so has the presence of mosquitoes hanging around campsites.
"The front came through yesterday, and as it drops down the mosquitoes and bugs kind of disappear, and even in the evening time when you see them a lot there were none last night," he said Friday.
Storm Team 8 forecasts temperatures in the mid 60s and 70s with lows in the 30s and 40s for Memorial Day weekend, which may result in mosquitoes leaving campers alone.
Mosquitoes or not, Mannor and his group of campers plan to have a good time.
"It's exciting to be up here in the Muskegon area camping and fighting off the mosquitoes. It's worth it."
The Kent County Health Department said to use a lot of bug spray. Adults should use spray containing the DEET repellent. But children 24 months or younger should use bug spray without DEET.
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