A summer without rain comes with plenty of concerns. Failed crops can hurt farming families. Prices at the grocery store could go up. Relief from heat may be harder to find. Overall we just miss the rain. On a positive note, during this season of close to severe drought conditions in Massachusetts, there have been fewer mosquitoes across the state. “Hot, dry weather is bad for all adult mosquitoes because dehydration is a big issue for [them],” said Ellen Bidlack, an entomologist with the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project. “They’re little, and they dry out very quickly.” However, there is one species of mosquito that seems to thrive in this very type of weather: The Culex Pipiens.
Culex Pipiens Mosquitoes
Culex Pipiens thrive in urban and suburban areas, areas full of people, and are carriers of West Nile Virus. They love small containers of dirty water, such as birdbaths, old tires, small planters, barrels, and tin cans: really anything that can fill up with water is perfect for them. These mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. They are most common in Summer and early Fall, however, the females sometimes make their way into our homes near fall’s end looking for shelter over the winter. Culex Pipiens feed on small birds and humans, making them what is called a “bridge” vector, transmitting virus between birds and mammals. Pesky little critters to say the least. According to the public health department, West Nile has been detected in 7 mosquito populations, 5 in Worcester and 1 in Brookline, but no humans or animals have been infected yet this year. So while there is no need to panic, there is a need to be aware and be proactive.
What is the Best Action To Take?
According to the Boston Globe, Brookline has applied insecticide in 3,500 catch basins known to attract mosquitoes. But, there are things we can all do at home. It is during this time of drought that we pull out our garden hoses and watering cans. Unlike the even spread of rain, self-watering and irrigation can be more likely to create pooling water. Check your yards. Look for standing water and empty it out. Make sure hoses are turned completely off after use, dripping can lead to puddling. Follow the 5 Ts of Mosquito Control. Maybe you are already doing all you can for your yard. What about your neighborhood? Mosquitoes multiply very quickly. Start the conversation on your street. Make sure EVERYONE is informed about how standing water creates mosquitoes and participating in keeping your neighborhood safe from mosquito-borne illnesses.
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