Wet weather has prompted an increase in the number of mosquitoes on the Hi-Line. So we asked people at random:
Is this the worst mosquito season ever?
“I noticed they’re worse at night,” Brandon Dean said. He said that he works from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and when he walks home from work, the mosquitos are especially bad.
Trisha Buie said she is from Washington, and the mosquitos are, “crazier here than they are in Washington!” She also said that her son is always covered in mosquito bites. “They attack more frequently,” she said, “even when it’s hot.”
Dean Rosette recently moved here from Washington and said he has never seen mosquitoes like this. “It’s unbelieveable, man.” He said he and his family stopped between Great Falls and Havre to stretch their legs, “and those mosquitos attacked us.” He was even wearing a sweatshirt despite the heat in an effort to keep the mosquitos at bay.
Keith Diana was just traveling through when he encountered the mosquitos. “They’re vicious,” he said. “I’m from Florida, so I’m used to them; you can just shake your arm and they’ll let go. But here they hang on for dear life.” He said that he has noticed that spray has little effect on them. “They’ll bite through a sleeping bag, clothes — they don’t care.”