CHICAGO (CBS) — All the recent rain has created perfect conditions for not-so-perfect outdoor gatherings this Fourth of July weekend.
This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District Biologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which will be bad through the holiday weekend.
“Particularly, there’s a couple species that are very aggressive, and day biters, and we’re seeing those showing up now from all the rains. The biggest problem is the kind that annoy people – that are just driving people crazy – have a very long flight range, and so they can be coming from just about anywhere,” he said. “Folks tend to think ‘Oh, there’s water nearby. This is where the mosquitos are coming from.’ That’s not necessarily the case.”