Exterminator offers tips for repelling mosquitoes

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Hot weather, summer storms and excessive rain are expected to bring lots of water for mosquitoes this summer. Now, a manager from a Roanoke exterminating company is offering tips for repelling the pest.

Manager at Bug Man Exterminating Derek Keith says this has been a record-breaking year for them when it comes to the mosquito business and he doesn’t anticipate it letting up any time soon.  

“The excessive moisture this year is leading to a higher mosquito population than what we’d normally see in this area so it’s really important to get out in front of that,” said Keith.

Keith says because of all the storms and rain the water table is very high this year so it’s important to take care of standing water.

“Anything around your house that will hold water can actually be a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Keith said.

He says they treat for the bugs around lights and seating areas and they also fog the vegetation around the homes.

“Which is where they’re going to spend their time when they’re not flying around so you want to get them where they’re actually going to be at.”

Keith says people have already noticed an increase in the pest, like the Hope and Andrew Kessler.

“We’ve already seen a lot,” said Hope Kessler.

“I worked this weekend taking down a tree and I got bit all over my legs. I didn’t wear bug spray and I probably should have,” Andrew Kessler said.

The Kessler family says they don’t use chemicals to treat their home, but they do plant things to help naturally repel the bugs and they plan on stepping up their game.

“I get eaten up pretty bad by mosquitoes. They’ve always really loved me so knowing that now we’ll probably get more citronella candles and that sort of thing,” said Hope Kessler.

Hope Kessler says they will try to remember to apply bug repellant when they plan on being outside.

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