GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s drought kept a lot of mosquitoes away.
But other bugs have had a field day with the intense heat and recent rains. Health providers in the Green Bay area say they’ve seen more people than normal with various bug stings.
Brown County horticultural agent Vijai Pandian said a number of fruit trees got hit by aphids early in the spring – and spider-mites damaged tomatoes and sap from plants. Pandian also says Japanese beetles have been spreading, because the July rains created ideal conditions for breeding.
As for the stingers, pest control specialist Chris Tittle says wasps and hornets showed up earlier than normal, due to the warm spring and hot summer.
Dr. Bobby Yun of Prevea Urgent Care in Green Bay says his clinics have been seeing one or two sting victims each day – and it’s double what he’s seen in other years.
Doctors say bug stings can be lead to infections, and even death in people allergic to venom, or who’ve been stung a number of times.