St. Joseph County, Ind. How nice would it be to have a summer without mosquitoes? Unfortunately, our wish won't be coming true this year thanks to the record breaking rain we have seen this past month.
The St. Joseph County Parks Director Evie Kirkwood says she believes we will see increasing numbers of mosquitoes thanks to all that rain. That is unless we get a dry spell.
Kirkwood says mosquitoes can lay their eggs on less than an inch of water. An inch of water can be anywhere around your house, so what do you do?
First, empty all the water in those areas. That means pools, pool covers, boat covers, pots, birdbaths, toys, etc. For things like pools and birdbaths, make sure you change the water regularly to disrupt the life cycle of the mosquitoes.
“If you have a backyard pond and have a way to keep motion, that will help. Also, if you have fish they are going to eat the larva as will many of the aquatic insects that will be there, so a balanced ecosystem, like a natural pond has actually fewer mosquito larva than a depression area or bucket that has collected water,” explains Kirkwood.
As we know, parties and barbeques are big in the summer, so here are some ways to keep those mosquitoes from biting you.
Kirkwood suggests wearing light colors, long pants, a hat, long shirt, scarf and some sort of bug spray. She says mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide, lactic acid, perfume or fragrant things like shampoo and conditioner and they are out the most during sunset.
If you are having a party outside, Kirkwood suggests keeping a fan because mosquitoes aren't strong flyers.