WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Mosquito density is surging across the Greater Lafayette area during the late summer months.
"I've been getting a lot more bug bites, when I've been walking outside," said Purdue student Megan Decker.
As an outdoor enthusiast, Decker isn't alone this summer.
Mosquitoes are a species that loves long grass, humidity and standing water.
Purdue Professor of entomology Cate Hill say there's a reason you should prepare before you head outdoors.
"The risk of transmission from mosquito to human is increasing at this time, so we need to be extra vigilant," said Hill.
Hill is making those people who enjoy the outdoors aware of the spread of West Nile Virus. The good news?
There are simple ways you can help yourself and others around you at home, and in your neighborhood.
"These problems tend to be things that we've grown up in our back yards, and in residential neighborhoods and communities," said Hill.
"They can breed in very small amounts of water," said Hill. "It might be as simple as cleaning your gutters turning over some containers."
"Cutting back the grass a little bit, not keeping it quite so long. Mosquitoes are really good at resting in grass and around shrubs. So things like that can really help."
The CDC reported this month that there has been non-human related West Nile Virus activity in the state of Indiana, but that no people have contracted the disease to this point.
Hill also mentioned that research has shown no correlation between mosquitoes and the transmission of COVID-19.
For more information on West Nile Virus and other insect releated illnesses, visit CDC.GOV