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May 25, 2010 — How bad will the mosquito season be this year? It all depends on what the weather is like in June. Click on the video to the left for latest bug prediction.

If you spent time outside in a mild part of the country over Victoria Day, you might be feeling itchy today. Mosquitoes are already out in some areas, and maybe they got to you.

If you thought it was too early for mosquitoes and you didn't bother to spray on some insect repellent, you're not alone. The early mosquito season has caught some people by surprise.

But entomologists - the scientists who study insects - have an explanation for why the bugs are already out. It comes down to the weather. The mild spring has helped boost the population of mosquitoes, butterflies, grasshoppers, and other little critters.

So will it be a busy mosquito season this summer? It all depends on what happens in June - the pivotal month for mosquitoes.

'If June is wet and cold, then there are going to be a lot of mosquitoes in July. So it really depends on what's going on in the month before because there are several generations of mosquitoes a year,' says Gaetan Moreau, an entomologist in New Brunswick.

Over the past few years, any mention of mosquitoes in the summer gets people talking about the West Nile virus.

On the west coast, British Columbia had its first case of West Nile last year, when two people were infected in the Okanagan Valley.

The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests that you remove any standing water near your home because it can become a potential mosquito breeding ground.

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