Last winters cold temperatures may cause lower mosquito population
Waco Tx (KWKT) — The cooler temperatures may have an effect on this years mosquito population.
Mosquitoes normally breed in early April but last years cooler weather made it an inadequate breeding environment for the females. If the weather stays dry this summer we may experience less bites and a low threat of the West Nile virus.
"We have experienced a very cold and dry winter, that means there are fewer living mosquitoes that have made it throughout the winter to get the populations going. Traditionally, historically, winters like what we have just had, have been followed by very low mosquito population." Said Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, regional director for the national American Mosquito Control Association and biology professor at Baylor University.
According to Dr. Duhrkopf, those who emit a higher amount of carbon dioxide and who tend to have a higher surface temperature are more likely to get bit.
"It doesn't have to be a two degree difference, it only has to be a tenth of a degree warmer and they will be attracted to you."
A female mosquito will bite someone because they need protein and nutrients lay their eggs.With this weeks recent rainfall female mosquitoes have likely already laid their eggs on top or near puddle waters. When the eggs hatch, the larvae are aquatic and need 7-10 days to develop.
The best way to protect yourself against the pesky bugs is by using DET or by staying inside during peek the feeding hours of dawn and dusk.