Grab The Bug Spray, ‘Skeeters’ Out In Full Force

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MIAMI (CBS4) -If you feel like you’re swatting and scratching more than usual this year, you’re not alone.

It’s a particularly bad time for mosquitoes, according to Mosquito Control in Miami-Dade and Broward County.

Miami-Dade Mosquito Control reports more than 800 mosquito calls just this past weekend.  Broward reports nearly 500.

“We’ve been bombarded by calls,” said Chalmers Vasquez, Miami-Dade’s Mosquito Control Operations Manager .

Vasquez says a combination of wind and rain are causing a particularly bad season.   He says the rainy season started in mid-June and so did the mosquito season.

He also says the winds blowing off the Everglades are bringing mosquitoes into residential areas.

“We’ve been sending out trucks just about every morning of everyday and sometimes during the weekend,” Vasquez said about the efforts to battle the bugs.

Mosquito control is also using airplanes to try to keep up with all the mosquitoes.

South Floridians say they’re doing their best to avoid the bugs.

Sami Salem says he tried to enjoy an evening outdoors but all the bugs forced him in.

“I just squash them wherever I see them and try to avoid them,” he said.

David Murillo, 6, counted almost a dozen bites on his arms and legs,

“The most amount of bites I’ve ever had in my life,” he told CBS4’s Maggie Newland.

Mosquito control in Miami-Dade says this is the worst season it’s dealt with in the past several years.

For Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control, call #311.

For Broward County Mosquito Control, call (954) 765-4062.

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