Indiana floodwaters recede, leaving behind mosquito swarms

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By: Associated Press

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Floodwaters spawned by Indiana’s record June rainfall have receded but they’ve left behind swarms of mosquitoes that are now pestering anyone who ventures outside.

Purdue University entomologist Tom Turpin says the blood-sucking mosquitoes that hatched in the floodwaters are out in full force aggressively looking for victims to feed on.

He tells The (Munster) Times that it only takes about a week after an area floods for adult mosquitoes to form and take to the skies.

State health officials say wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks and using an insect repellent containing DEET helps keep the blood-suckers at bay.

The State Climate Office says Indiana’s average June rainfall of 9.03 inches set a record for the month and was the fourth-wettest of any month on record since 1895.