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      Climate changes may be affecting bug presence in Missouri

      According to the MDC, shorter winters and longer summers allow for insects to thrive because conditions are ideal for feeding and procreating.

      Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters.

      A new National Wildlife Federation report says those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Missouri.

      The Missouri Department of Conservation says global warming is to blame.

      According to the MDC, shorter winters and longer summers allow for insects to thrive because conditions are ideal for feeding and procreating.

      Natural History Biologist, Krista Noel, warns against insect bites.

      â??I just recommend you be aware that ticks in particular can carry several diseases, as well as mosquitoes and safeguard yourself. Use a product, such as Deet, that will protect yourself from ticks and wear the light clothing,â?? said Noel.

      Noel also recommends wearing light-colored clothing when planning to be outdoors over an extended period of time.

      The clothing reduces mosquito contact and helps with spotting ticks.

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