CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We have had so much wet weather this summer, that we are seeing a lot more mosquitos.
“The last two weeks have just been horrible and yesterday was probably the worst that we have seen it. I think with all this rain its been a breeding ground for mosquitos and when you go out, especially out in the woods on the trails, they will eat you alive right now,” expressed David Theoharides of Whately.
A local entomologist explains that muggy and rainy weather brings out more mosquitos because they are attracted to still water. The weather that we have been getting gives mosquitos a place to lay their eggs.
According to the CDC, mosquito larvae and pupae live in the water with little or no flow, and more mosquitos come with the risk of diseases such as malaria, Zika Virus, and West Nile Virus.
The U.S. National Park Service says these cases of mosquito-borne diseases are most common between April to September. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed recently that a sample of mosquitoes in Pittsfield, Worcester, Brookline, and West Springfield tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Natasha Wright, an Entomologist from Braman Termite and Pest Elimination says there are many ways to avoid mosquito bites, “The peak time for mosquito activity is generally between dusk and dawn, avoiding shady areas, avoiding those active times. If you have to go out during those active times, wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, closed toe shoes, and repellant.”
So as we continue to get rainy weather, health experts say you can protect yourself from mosquitos by using insect repellents when outdoors, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and avoid outdoor activities, from dusk to dawn, and fixing damaged windows and door screens in your home.
Wright also says there are lots of different repellants you can use to keep mosquitos away, but the most common one is 30-percent deet.