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How to protect yourself during mosquito season

Portland could be on track to break last year’s record numbers of the blood-sucking pests.

A close up of a mosquito biting someone.

“Oh come on.”

Photo by Jimmy Chan

For reasons that weren’t fully disclosed, Multnomah County and other counties along the Columbia River did not spray for mosquitoes this year, or at least not to the typical extent.

The result? Portland is swarming with five times the normal number of the blood-sucking pests for this time of June — and the peak is usually in mid-July. In fact, we’re on course to smash 2022’s records.

Here’s what you can do to come out on top in the battle of the buzz, because after the winter we just endured, not going outside is just not an option.

If you do get tagged by the foul critters, follow these treatment steps.

Now you know a few things about protecting yourself, but don’t forget your canine pal. Learn how to keep your dog comfortable if they become a target for mosquitoes or other tiny pests.

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