Saginaws mosquito control said significant rainfall in mid-May has caused a severe hatch of floodwater mosquitoes.
These mosquitoes, along with the areas annual hatch of spring mosquitoes, have resulted in extremely high mosquito populations throughout Saginaw County.
Mosquito control said traps are collecting mosquitoes at six times the normal rate for this time of year.
On Tuesday, the agency reported it received 270 complaint calls regarding bad mosquitoes.
Residents are strongly encouraged to take insect repellents with them while doing outdoor activities for protection in case they encounter biting mosquito activity.
In an effort to lower mosquito populations in an expedient manner, the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission said it has taken the following actions:
1. Added an additional hour to the evening spray shift. 2. Added a second spray shift that starts at 3:30 a.m. and sprays until sunrise. 3. Added a Saturday evening spray shift. 4. Temporarily reduced the number of priority spraying of individual properties. This will allow for additional resources to be made available to provide community-wide spraying for adult mosquitoes.
The actions noted above will be in effect until the commissions mosquito trapping surveillance determines that mosquito populations have been significantly reduced.