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With West Nile, how do you prevent mosquito bites?

Knoxville – If you spend any time outside this summer, at least you've seen them. If you're unlucky, you're back with a few itchy bites.

It's mosquito season – and now that the Knox County Health Department found some of the insects in parts of the Knoxville region with the West Nile virus. It's a good time to think about how you and your family feel about it protect, be bitten.

"It's really annoying, they're just – you go there certain times of the day and they just rave about you and you can not go away from them," said Jay Meeks, a runner whose course took him through the Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville leads.

The virus-bearing pests have been found

You've heard all the tips before: remove standing water in your garden, apply insect repellent and wear long sleeves. But let's face it, it's too hot for jeans, and sometimes bug spray can be a bit disgusting.

The EPA says that DEET is safe in insect sprays.

Stephen Hill said he makes sure his 3-year-old son is completely covered before going on a weekly walk.

"Usually we spray for them," the father. "Before we get out of the car, we spray. If we do not spray, we'll be eaten."

But some are more careful.

"Somehow I'm worried about chemicals in bug spray" I'd rather take my chances, "said Knoxville resident Sophie Nguyen.

If not insect repellent, what else can you do? Ken Carden, who is on Sunday had an idea on a nature walk in Ijams.

"I suppose if you eat enough garlic, it will keep mosquitoes and your friends away," he laughed.

This is a foul-smelling solution (1

9659002) A study from the University of Connecticut in 2005 says that garlic does not really deter skeeters.

Interestingly, another experiment says that beer attracts the bloodsuckers.

Insect diseases are actually on the rise But most people who get it do not even know it, only one in five will show symptoms, and one in 150 will develop a serious illness.

A Even if West Nile is not a big concern to you, 7-year-old Mia Rivera may have said it best when asked why she hated mosquitoes

"They itch me a lot."

With In other words … the little idiots are driving us crazy.

© 2018 WBIR

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