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Dry or Wet Weather: the Mosquitoes are Out to Get Us

Author: Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Massachusetts

We spend a lot of time talking about water and mosquitoes. Whether it’s a wet early spring that’s going to lead to a heavy mosquito season or us reminding you to clear areas that hold water, excess water leads to more standing water which becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. More water = more mosquitoes.

So logically you might think dryer weather would mean fewer reasons to discuss mosquitoes and mosquito control. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the mosquitoes and they are not logical creatures.

Dryer Weather Causes Mosquitoes to Bite More

The University of Cincinnati does a great deal of research into mosquito behavior. They have an entire room for mosquitoes to roam in and they keep it 82 degrees and humid. Researchers feed mosquitoes blood through a film meant to resemble skin. They’ve found that if they remove some of the humidity, making conditions dryer, the mosquitoes bite more.

In the dryer air, the mosquitoes may not only be looking for a meal of blood for the sake of protein to breed. They are thirsty, possibly even dehydrated, and they see humans as “a big bag of water”. Who knew?

Mosquito Control is for Warm Weather, Dry or Wet

So, while the wet weather might create more mosquitoes to bite us, dry weather makes them bite us more often. The more bites the more chance of spreading disease. We can’t win.

At Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Massachusetts, wet or dry we say let’s keep them out of your yard. Our mosquito barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard on contact. You can’t get diseases from mosquitoes you don’t have. Call us today to schedule your barrier spray treatment.