Frigid Winter Won't Keep Mosquitoes Away

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Experts at MSU expect more mosquitoes this spring than normal. But there is some good news. They say the season shouldn't be as bad as last year.

You may have seen mosquitoes in your yard already. The hardy bugs aren't killed off by the harsh winter. Michael Kaufman of MSU's Department of Entomology says the mosquito season depends on a number of factors.

Kaufman says the snowy winter left extra pools of water in some places, which make a perfect breeding ground for spring mosquitoes. While there are reports of adult mosquitoes buzzing around, he says they shouldn't be biting yet. "If the temperatures ramp up a little bit, you'll start to see more activity. Males and females will start mating, the females will then look for a blood meal, so you'll be a target."

At MSU's Department of Entomology, scientists study 60 species of mosquitoes that live in Michigan. Kaufman says at this point, most are in the larvae stage, and when they'll hatch depends on the weather. Kaufman worries about the summer crop. "If we get a lot of rains in early summer and temperatures ramp up, then we're going to get an overlap of existing spring mosquitoes that we have, and then the summer ones will start coming out and they develop much more rapidly."