Watch out for those mosquitoes! This season is promising to be a tough one for those who always seem to get bitten.
Local entomologists with the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station conducted their annual mosquito testing and found ridiculously high numbers in their traps, reports the Day of New London.
More than 5,000 mosquitoes were collected in 29 traps set around the state this week, compared to 1,100 mosquitoes caught during the first day last year.
"We collected almost as many in a day as we normally get in a week," chief entomologist, Theodore Andreadis told the Day. "These were all human biters in our traps."
Skeeters are more likely to bite men, people with an O blood type and those who are overweight, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mosquitoes are also attracted to heat and certain scents, such as the chemicals in a person's sweat.
Andreadis told the Day that rainy weather and warm temperatures at just the right time this spring created the perfect conditions for breeding season, creating a larger population.
Some tips to avoid mosquitoes include wearing long pants and sleeves outdoors whenever possible, using an insect repellent containing Deet and staying indoors in the early morning and evening, when mosquitoes are most active.