Expert: Conditions perfect for mosquitoes and ticks

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GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Get your repellent ready: pest control experts expect this summer to be a busy one when it comes to mosquitoes and ticks.

Greg VanDeusen is the owner of Mosquito Joe of West Michigan, a pest control service based in Grand Rapids Township.

He says the cold, dry winter followed by this wet and hot weather is perfect for mosquitoes. He’s already answering plenty of service calls

“That’s what we’re feeling right now. All of those mosquitos that have been hibernating during this cold spell are popping and it’s just creating havoc,” said VanDeusen. 

Diseases from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks have tripled in the last 13 years, according to a May 1 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 642,602 cases were reported from 2004 through 2016.

The CDC says the spread and growing number of mosquito, flea and tickborne diseases pose an increasing risk in America. The agency also states the U.S. needs to be “better prepared to face this public health threat.”

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