Where are the Mosquitoes? | WBAY
It’s a question we’ve heard repeated over and over this summer: where are all the mosquitoes?
Not than anyone is complaining about a lack of buzzing around their ears.
They are often one of the few downsides to our Wisconsin summers, and yet this summer, many are struggling to recall a season with so few of the pesky insects.
“I can’t remember such a nice summer as far as mosquitoes go and it was so much so I was a little bit puzzled about it and I was wondering if maybe they had their own pandemic,” adds UW-Green Bay’s Dr. Mike Draney, a biology professor and expert on all types of insects.
Draney says weather is always the biggest factor in determining mosquito populations.
And the weather this summer has been a blessing, starting with the late arrival of spring.
“It delayed the beginning of the reproduction of the mosquitoes and so that kind of put them behind in terms there’s only a few of them that survived the winter and then they have to reproduce for several generations to get to the enormous numbers that bother us, and so that late spring was good for us, and then it was the dry early part of the summer that I think was really important, right when they usually are reproducing like crazy in June and July, early July at least, it was quite dry here,” explains Draney.
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