LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Record rain this week could bring more mosquitoes to our area. Some of them are capable of carrying the dangerous disease chikungunya fever.
The state health department says four people have been infected this year, after getting bitten by mosquitoes in Florida. At this point, none of those cases are in southwest Florida.
The Lee County Mosquito Control District is spraying almost every day, at times.
"They are just flying all around!" Lehigh Acres sisters Tatiana and Fritiana Jeangilles tell WINK News mosquitoes are multiplying by their home. "They are always biting us and it gets worse at night!" said Tatiana.
"They are usually in groups at the front of the door, and they in the corners," said Fritiana.
Lee County Mosquito Control District's Shelly Redovan says crews are fighting back with spray.
"If you were to take a BB? It would take more than a million of those droplets to fill the volume of a BB," she explained.
They're also on the lookout to combat chikungunya, a disease that's carried by two types of mosquitoes in southwest Florida.
"We do believe that this is probably going to be a trend for a while. that we will be seeing it," said Redovan.
She says the district is documenting those mosquitoes, setting traps and testing treatments to see how effective they'll be against these bugs. The results, so far, are encouraging. "We did find, it kind of surprised us, that we were getting in the high 80 percentile of control. Just using our normal methods," she said.
Unlike mosquitoes that live in swaps ones that carry chikungunya are urban mosquitoes, which means they live near homes in small amounts of water, like your dog bowl or bird feeder.