Mosquitoes Could Come Out in Force This Year

Jun 25, 2012

Some experts are predicting one of the worst summers in decades for mosquitoes, but one University of Kentucky professor is taking a wait-and-see approach.  

UK professor of entomology Grayson Brown tells The Lexington Herald-Leader it will become apparent in a few weeks when summer is in full swing. He says mosquitoes have been increasing their numbers since March and will have a noticeable presence this year.  The mild winter is one reason for the spike.  Brown says it didn't get cold enough to kill the mosquitoes and their eggs.  And with the warmer weather, mosquitoes began laying eggs earlier.  He says our region may get the worst of it because of last summer’s flooding.  Brown says the number of bugs will depend on rainfall amounts and the amount of standing water in a location.