Unless you were a bear hibernating for all of 2017 you probably noticed that it seemed to never stop raining. In 2017 records were set and rainfall was 24% above average for the Dayton, OH area. According to weather.gov Dayton, OH received over 50 inches of rain for the year followed by 13 inches of snow. The average rainfall is around 41 inches per year. On June 24th a new record was set in total accumulation with 2.86 inches. This record rainfall not only makes watching soccer practice miserable, but it also has a huge effect on our planet as a whole. One of the effects it can have is increased mosquito population.
What to Expect in 2018
Mosquitoes lay their eggs at the edge of stagnant water sources, when it rains the water level rises and hatches the eggs into larvae. With the increased rainfall in 2017 the mosquito population increased as well. This increase in population brought an increase in Vector Bourne Diseases. The CDC’s preliminary report for Ohio in 2017 has a total of 34 cases of West Nile Virus up from 17 in 2016. Other diseases show a similar increase in total cases reported. Weather predictions for 2018 has rainfall above average again. With a second straight year with above average rainfall you can expect to hear that iconic buzzing noise in the evenings. If you plan to spend time outdoors in the evenings make sure you have the proper protection.
Preventing Mosquito Population Growth
Here are a few things you can do around your home to help prevent this mosquito population growth:
- Tip: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water.
- Toss: Toss grass clippings, leaves, firewood, and piles of mulch that are yard trash.
- Turn: Turn over yard items that could hold water.
- Tarp: Remove any tarps to help prevent standing water accumulating.
- Treat: Call a licensed professional to treat the yard for mosquitoes.