06/30/2013 01:00 EDT | Updated 08/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Mosquito tracking app pinpoints skeeter hotspots

Wondering where the mosquitoes are this summer? There's a smartphone app for that, thanks to a group of students at the University of Manitoba.

M Tracker users can input how bad the mosquitoes are wherever they happen to be, and that information gets uploaded to a map that shows where the skeeter hotspots are.

"You see what other people are saying … you know, if you want to bring out some bug spray or if you think you want to bring a lot of bug spray or maybe just a long-sleeved shirt," Rory Jacob, who helped design the app, told CBC News on Friday.

The app, which can be used anywhere in the world, was developed by Jacob and a team of computer engineering students at the Winnipeg-based university. It launched about a week ago.

Students came up with the idea after using similar technology that tracks traffic bottlenecks and the spread of the flu virus

"We have a couple hundred users right now, maybe slightly more than that, a few hundred users," said Jacob, who created the app with engineering professor Bob McLeod and fellow student Chen Liu.

"Realistically, the more users the better because this is a user-driven app. The more people who report, the better the data is going to be."

The app can be downloaded for free in the Google Play store and the iTunes App store.