What’s Behind Minnesota’s ‘Very Unusual’ Lack Of Mosquitos This Summer? – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Have you ever observed the mosquitos aren’t biting fairly as a lot this 12 months?
That’s as a result of there aren’t as a lot of them, in line with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. Dry climate, together with remedy, is preserving the mosquitos at bay.
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MMCD crews set 150 weekly traps across the metro all summer season lengthy, after which tally up what they discover within the lab.
“District vast we’re seeing decrease mosquito numbers in comparison with what we normally see,” stated Alex Carlson of the MMCD. “It’s been very uncommon.”
Cattail mosquitos usually peak round this time of 12 months, and specialists say as a result of the numbers are so low this summer season, that truly means we’ll in all probability see the identical factor subsequent summer season.
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“There’s not going to be as many grownup mosquitos to put eggs that’ll then hatch subsequent 12 months,” stated Carlson.
However don’t get too excited.
“The floodwater mosquitos are nonetheless very depending on rain and their eggs can survived unhatched for as much as seven years, so if we now have one wet 12 months, that’s all it takes,” stated Carlson.
That is additionally the time of 12 months when mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus pop up. The MMCD hasn’t discovered any but, however one other scorching stretch on the best way might change that.
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“As a result of the Culex species that thrives in the course of the finish of the summer season, they like that scorching climate,” stated Carlson. “So we nonetheless encourage folks to put on their bug spray, cowl up, attempt to keep away from the height feeding instances, stuff like that.”