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Mosquito invasion leaves Northwoods store shelves bare

Some see increase in alternative repellent options

2:52 PM, Jun. 11, 2014
A dead crow found May 20 became the first bird this year to test positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus in Portage County, according to the county Health and Human Services office.
A dead crow found May 20 became the first bird this year to test positive for the mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus in Portage County, according to the county Health and Human Services office.
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The unusually wet spring has caused such an explosion of mosquitoes that stores across the Northwoods are struggling to keep up with demand for bug spray.

Some stores report that they are selling hundreds of cans of Off!, Repel and other repellents every day, and that suppliers cannot fill their orders fast enough.

"We are sold out to the one bottle," said Dean Johnson, co-owner of The Bait Shoppe in Rhinelander. ...

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