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Mosquitoes Are Thriving This Year

Posted at 9:41 PM, May 18, 2013

WEST MICHIGAN – We mentioned this at FOX 17 not longer ago, but it’s certainly worth a reminder. The mosquitoes are horrible this year!

Why you ask? All the heavy rain we had a few weeks ago laid the ground work by creating a perfect breeding ground for the stinging pests. It’s been said that mosquitoes must have some type of water to complete their life cycle. Remember all the standing water we had around the area for days and weeks?

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on top of the water one at a time and they literally float on the surface. There are 2500 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world and about 52 of those occur here in the United States. I went home for a dinner break and was just astounded at the amount of them hanging onto the screen, buzzing around the porch, and all of them trying to get inside like Bela Lugosi playing the vampire in the 1940s.

Make sure to pay extra special attention to them this year. Get some extra bug spray, use the candles, and don’t forget the buglites. Also…you pet owners should make sure to keep the animals inside. I recently read that while their fur offers some protection to mosquitoes, they can still get stung and can even contract heartworms from it. So bring Rover in too! Get more info on mosquitoes here.

This next week will be an active one in weather as several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are likely. Get more at www.fox17online.com/weather.