You don’t need a Magic Eight Ball to determine the forecast for the summer bug population. With the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) on the case, we can take advantage of their expertise to know ahead of time what to expect for the season. The NPMA used weather factors to determine the level of insect activity expected for the 2016 spring and summer seasons and the outlook is not what you want to hear.
HOW DOES THE NPMA PREDICT THE MOSQUITO FORECAST?
The chief entomologist for NPMA, John Fredericks cites two weather factors as having the most impact on bug populations. The temperature is one. Rainfall amounts is the other. With insects being cold-blooded, they are more active when the weather is warmer. Many species (especially mosquitoes) rely on water for reproduction purposes, making precipitation amounts a key factor in the population size of those species for any given season. Your vigilance in following the 5 T’s of mosquito control is even more important during years with higher precipitation.
WHAT DID THE NPMA PREDICT FOR MASSACHUSETTS IN 2016?
According to the NPMA, the northeast United States will face an early onset of ticks, ants and stink bugs thanks to a mild winter and early thaw. While the winter was abnormally dry, the spring is expected to be wet, meaning an increase in mosquitoes this season will be likely. I don’t know about you, but I’d say they are right on the money with the 2016 bug forecast. We’re already seeing a large number of active ticks in the Central Massachusetts area and mosquitoes were out during the early spring warm up a few weeks ago.
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