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They’re baaaaaaack……

With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, it’s not a stretch to call Central Florida “paradise” – unfortunately, the mosquitoes feel the same way.

Centra Care data from the past week shows that cases of Insect Bites were up 64% among adults and that pediatric numbers doubled. The following Centra Care locations showed the biggest increases:

Hunter’s Creek & Lee Road: up 300%

Sand Lake & Winter Garden Village: up 200%

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Insect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are usually painful. Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain.

Due to our tropical climate, mosquitoes, especially, get very heavy in Central Florida during the late spring and summer months.

To try and prevent mosquito bites:

Use an insect repellent containing either DEET, Picaridin or oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
No matter how much repellent you’ve used, if you’re starting getting bit, re-apply.
Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk.
When using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and then repellent.

In most cases, bites and stings can be easily treated at home, but head to Centra Care if you’re worried or if you have more than a minor reaction. Call 911 if you are with someone who has a severe reaction such as chest pain, face or mouth swelling, difficulty swallowing, trouble breathing, or goes into shock.

Mosquitoes can also carry the dangerous West Nile Virus. Symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness and confusion. Last summer, cases of West Nile were reported in both Orange and Seminole counties.