With one of many wettest Julys on file, paired with a number of warmth and humidity, it’d simply be the summer season of the mosquito.
“The present climate sample is admittedly setting us up for a really exceptionally energetic mosquito season,” Philip Armstrong, director of the Mosquito Monitoring Program on the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, mentioned.
This system has traps in 108 places statewide that they examine every week.
“The mosquitoes are drawn to that water supply after which are sucked up by a fan into the gathering web up above,” Armstrong mentioned.
Connecticut has begun its seasonal mosquito testing program all through the state.
The mosquito consultants could have much more topics to check this yr. All of the standing water that is on the market proper now in rain gutters, flower pots, toys, tires and every part else is the place mosquitoes multiply.
“Good storm, good situations for elevated mosquito numbers and biting exercise,” Armstrong mentioned.
“They take about two weeks to succeed in maturity. So, we count on these numbers to actually improve considerably within the weeks forward.”
Proper now’s sometimes once we hit peak mosquito season, however the rain prolonged that peak, which implies the scenario will worsen. With a chronic peak, we should always count on extra mosquito bites, which may imply a better likelihood of mosquito-borne sickness.
“We’re detecting West Nile Virus, so we’re detecting it. We had a pair constructive mosquito samples; one in Milford, one in South Windsor and we’ll proceed to observe the scenario to see if the virus continues to construct. We count on West Nile Virus to reoccur like we see it each summer season. And, actually the time of peak danger is within the weeks forward. So, beginning about now all the best way into September is when most human instances happen,” Armstrong mentioned.
The consultants say to examine the screens on your home, dump that standing water in your yard and to put on repellent once you’re outdoors. You additionally could need to put on lengthy sleeves and lengthy pants to attenuate mosquito bites.