Local experts report increase of gnats and bug bites

ROCKFORD (WREX) — It’s a buggy situation.

“The gnats are just horrible, they are everywhere” said Rockton resident Scott Wallace.

Gnats seem to be popping up everywhere and bothering almost everyone.

“There are all around, you can’t get away from them” said Wallace.

Experts say there is a good reason why you can’t get away from them.

“They come in floating in on a breeze probably 15 to 20 miles away. Which ever way the wind drifts in,they are coming from that direction” said Mosquito Joe Office manager Debbie Kluz.

And with the gnats here, you could be seeing more bites from the pesky bug.

“Just this past week or so, I have seen a lot more bug bites than previous. Last time I worked I think I had 3 or 4 people come in with in 12 hours” said OSF physician Dr. Karen Englund.

Experts can get rid mosquitoes, ticks, and flea with special equipment and spray. But for getting rid of of gnats, it’s a little bit more complicated.

“We can kill the adults ones that are flying right then and there. But we can’t guarantee that we can keep them away because, as we tell our customers, the next breeze another batch could float in.” said Kluz.

But if you have been bitten by a gnat doctors say not worry.

“Gnats usually don’t carry illness. So their bites are more of a nuisance” said Englund.

Doctors also say that you can treat gnat bites like bug mosquito bites with a cold compress and Tylenol.

You should visit you doctor if your bite gets worse.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker

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