Mosquitoes return to warm weather, cold reception

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - Summer is still officially a few weeks away, but mosquito season definitely is here.

With the weather finally warming up, people itching to get outside, are now scratching too.

“They came with a vengeance. They were gone and all of a sudden, they're here,” Cathy Majkowski of Chippewa Falls said. “(Friday night is) not so bad, we're in the sun a little bit and we're ok but we know that can change in any moment.”

“I've gotten quite a few bites, just doing my little yard work in the middle of the day,” Becky Bieno of Chippewa Falls said.

Summer means baseball, boats and buzzing biters ready to ruin the day.

“Anytime we have heavy rains, that sets the stage for them to hatch. So anytime we have the kind of weather we had prior to this last week, where we've started to see warmer weather, that sets the stage. Now with the warmer weather, that's got the egg hatch really rolling,” Chippewa County UW-Extension crops and soils educator Jerry Clark, who helps others manage insect problems, said.

“One thing that does help is cooler temps and wind. Usually anytime the wind is above 10 miles per hour, that's going to minimize adult activity, so windy days, get out there and enjoy them. When it calms down, they're probably going to start to re-emerge.”

He said there's conditions and colors that draw in mosquitoes.

“Skin temperature is one, so if you keep yourself cooler, you can maybe avoid them ... The other one is some color. Darker colors will typically attract them.”

But Clark and people enjoying the weather in Chippewa Falls said it's best to accept that they're here and prepare for them while the mercury's high.

“The Chippewa Valley, the number of rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, we're probably going to have this problem. Anytime we have a lot of shade, we provide good trees, everything that goes with camping, and recreation, we're always going to have a mosquito issue, unless we have the really dry weather that minimizes the population,” Clark said.

“It's Wisconsin and we have mosquitos and we just kind of live with it,” Bieno said.

Clark said filling puddles and keeping grass mowed will also cut down on the amount of mosquitos.


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