HADLEY, Mass (WWLP) - Mosquito populations are slightly higher than past summer seasons, but there are some inventive ways you can keep away.
June brought record amounts of rain and with it came higher than average mosquitoes populations.
One mother told 22news she feels like she tried everything on the shelf to keep her daughter from getting bit.
"They swarm! So it's not really helping it's pretty bad," Ashley Gough from Northampton said.
The Department of Public Health advises to look for repellents with DEET as the active ingredient.
Applying and re-applying that mosquito repellant, not only avoids those annoying bug bites, but also defends against any viruses they may carry.
Some mosquitoes in Massachusetts carry West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis… which is less common.
Less than one out of 100 people infected with West Nile, develop a serious form of the illness.
Tom Giles, from Hadley Garden Center, told 22News there are always new methods to try keeping the bugs away. He suggested repellent bracelets, that you can where on your wrist, ankle or belt loop, for those who don't like the aerosol sprays.
He also said there are also organic alternatives.
"They could sprinkle something like this around their garden area or even their picnic area about two to three hours in advance of when they want to be out there," Giles said.
He suggested growing citronella plants in your garden. Then you can pick the leaves off and rub them on your skin as a natural repellent.
Both Giles and the DPH said you should clear your yard and gutters of standing water where they are likely to breed.
The DPH also advises the traditional methods, like avoiding the outdoors during dusk until dawn, because those are peak hours for mosquitoes.