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June Showers and Recession Breed Mosquitoes in MN

July 24, 2009

Minneapolis, MN - You may not care for recent rains or the recession, but mosquitoes in Minnesota are loving the effects of both, and now experts are predicting they'll be coming on strong for the rest of the summer. Mosquitoes develop in water, and so the standing water in people's yards, from puddles to bird baths to kiddie pools, makes for great incubators.

Naturalist David Mizejewski with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), says, strange as it might sound, the recession is a factor in making this a strong season for mosquitoes.

"When you couple the conditions that mosquitoes thrive in with the fact that many municipalities are cutting back on their mosquito control efforts, and so, yeah, we are predicting this summer to be a bad one."

Products to protect yourself from mosquitoes range from those containing the controversial chemical DEET, to herbal remedies that Mizejewski says work differently, but effectively.

"We leave a trail of water vapor and carbon dioxide through our skin and out of our breath and that's what mosquitoes are following, and so a lot of these herbal products will actually mask that and keep the mosquitoes from being able to find you."

Mosquito bites can be painful, but Mizejewski says rarely do they produce serious illness. Trying to eradicate each and every one is probably not the best course of action, he adds.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MN