Today, despite the rain and storms, kicked off the summer. The Vigo County Health Department and local pest authority agree that bug population is on the rise.
Roni Elder said the recent rainfall and warmer temperatures have created a breeding ground for insects… especially mosquitoes. The Center for Disease Control said in a recent article that kissing bugs are also headed for Indiana.
Native to Central America, the triatomine bug is starting to move north into the United States. The CDC said the bugs carry a parasite that can cause human health problems.
Owner of Sherrill’s pest control and insulation Steven Sherrill said he hasn’t had any recent cases of kissing bug infestation, but he could confirm that the mosquito population is rising. He said the mosquitoes can be extremely dangerous.
Health officials said West Nile virus can be transmitted through mosquitoes and the best way to stay healthy is to use bug spray before heading outdoors.