McQueen soccer players get hundreds of mosquito bites after game in Douglas County
Some soccer players at McQueen High School say they are covered in more than 100 mosquito bites after playing a game at Douglas High School.
"I could feel them swarming my legs, so the whole time I was just swatting at my legs," said McQueen's Izzy Warren.
The girls soccer team traveled to Douglas High school for a 3:30 p.m. game on Tuesday. They said the mosquitoes were incessant, despite it being an afternoon game. Moreover, most of the players were wearing insect repellent. One player says she even had to get anti-inflammatory medication from her doctor because the bites were so painful.
"They were like the size of a golf ball. They were really swollen, so I was worried about them," said McQueen midfielder Lexie Rapp.
Rapp's father, Warren, said he's concerned about West Nile Virus -- not just for his daughter, but for the athletes at Douglas High School, too.
"So now you've got high school students who have been bitten 100 [or] 50 times and is there a risk there? Maybe," he said.
Douglas County Officials admit this has been a challenging year for mosquito abatement.
They've been fogging on a weekly basis, according to Krista Jenkins who is the district manager for mosquito abatement in Douglas County.
Jenkins says they have fogged at Douglas High School, including "every bit of grass there."
Tall and thick vegetation from the wet winter can inhibit mosquito abatement, according to Jenkins. She said the overgrown vegetation makes it tough for the larvicide to reach the water and kill the mosquito eggs before they can hatch.
In addition, the hot temperatures this summer are accelerating the rate at which the mosquitoes hatch.
Jenkins said they will continue to conduct mosquito abatement from the air and ground, and are trapping mosquitoes four times per week to test for West Nile Virus.
In the meantime, Superintendent of Douglas County Schools Terri White says the district has not received any complaints from students or parents about mosquitoes. However, athletes are being encouraged to practice indoors when the mosquitoes are bad.