Flooding or standing water this time of year often means more pesky mosquitoes.
Blame the weather for the increase in floodwater mosquitoes, which like to breed in cooler, wet conditions. Illinois Department of Public Heath spokesperson Melaney Arnold says the best way to protect yourself is to cover up.
Arnold says it's also a good ideas to make sure all of your door and window screens are free of any holes.
Bugs are always annoying but this year the buffalo gnats seem particularly nasty. State Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says the gnats also aren't fended off easily.
The good news is that the floodwater mosquito doesn't typically carry disease like the West Nile Virus. Ezike says most repellents don't work on the gnats. She also suggests barrier clothing.
To date, no positive West Nile virus collections have been reported in Kendall County for 2019. Data from the IDPH shows collections have tested positive this month in the DuPage County portion of Aurora and in Plainfield and Joliet in Will County.