It’s that time of year, mosquitoes are out

In Mass. a mosquito tested positive for West Nile

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With summer comes sunshine, warm weather and mosquitoes. “Mosquitoes are very annoying. Once they bite you, you feel very, very itchy,” said Daysha Santana of Springfield.

Carolyn Bakos of Springfield said, “If you’re out like a night like tonight, watching a game, to carry bug spray; if you have small children around as well.”

However, sometimes bug spray just isn’t enough. Here are some ways to keep the bugs away from your yard and you.

First, mosquitoes breed in standing water, so always keep your pools chlorinated, which you can also consider growing. Citronella is a natural repellant because mosquitoes can’t stand the smell.

So you can consider growing them around your lawn or porch. At the Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield, one plant will run you about seven dollars.

Mosquito bites aren’t just irritating, they can be dangerous. This week, a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Worcester County Town of Clinton, about an hour east of Springfield.

Carlos Ramos of Springfield said, “I came here to enjoy some fun times with the kids, enjoy the sprinklers and now I’m hearing West Nile. That’s kind of scary.”

So far in 2014, health officials have yet to find any human or animal cases, but you should still take precautions. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and swollen glands

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said most people who become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms.

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