Double trouble after spring floods: bugs and allergies

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Sun, July 24, 2019

Spring’s lousy weather is still causing trouble for anyone who wants to go outdoors, though the makers of insect repellent and antihistamines must be laughing.

That cool, wet weather was perfect for some of the things we hate most: mosquitoes, biting flies, and plants that spread allergenic pollen.

May’s temperatures averaged 2.2 degrees below the long-term average, according to Environment Canada’s measurements in Ottawa. Central and Eastern Ontario received from 25 to 100 per cent more rain than usual in May, adding to the water still left from unusually large spring melt, so the ground was saturated and the cool days did little to dry it out.

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