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The Summer Itch: Keeping Mosquitoes At Bay

July 9, 2014, 8:00 AM by Stephanie Gregory

The Summer Itch: Keeping Mosquitoes At Bay

Due to recent heavy rain and flooding, mosquitoes are multiplying and local farm and home suppliers have mosquito repellent flying off the shelves.

"The common theme is the worst they have ever seen," Campbell's Supply Assistant Manager Jeff Bickel said.

Bickel says mosquito repellent has been a hot item this summer.

"It's been extremely busy, we've sold out of many of the products and reordered and getting low again," Bickel said.

The product has been flying off the shelves, as fast as mosquitoes are flying into KELOLAND. Karen Tedford says she is fed up with the pesky bugs, especially when she spends most of her summer days outside with her grandkids.

"You get mosquitoes bites and they end up welting and itching and everything else and the kids itch and you don't want that either so you do whatever you have to do," Tedford said.

To try and fight the pests, Bickel has some tips. He says spraying different product on your lawn or in the air can help. He says if you need to get rid of mosquitoes fast - reach for a fogger.

"There are foggers, more for controlling the insects in the air. It's more of an instant type control," Bickel said.

The fogger is basically the same thing the city uses when it sprays for bugs.

If you are looking for something that will last a while, Bickel suggests getting a concentrated product. He says Tempo is the most popular mosquito fighting product he sells.

"That little bottle is enough to spray an acre and if it doesn't rain it'll last for 16 weeks," Bickel said.

But if you do opt for something like that, be prepared to pay a pretty penny, it costs an upward of 50 dollars. As for getting rid of the bugs completely, Bickel says that won't happen, but if you keep with it, you may be able to beat some of the bugs at their game.

There are also other products like the bug zapper or a carbon dioxide mosquito trap, but the City of Sioux Falls doesn't suggest getting those products because they draw the bugs in before killing them, therefore bringing more bugs into your yard.

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