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Mosquito population low for time of the year


The prolonged winter weather has many people wondering if mosquito populations will decline this year. Spring has arrived and although seasonal allergies are here on time, the most annoying part of a warmer season is yet to come.

Mosquito numbers are low for this part of the year, but mosquito and plant expert, Glenn Stokes, says the freezing winter only delays the inevitable.

"It's definitely being delayed," said Stokes. "It's one fifth the number of mosquitos we normally have for the month of March, but they can increase very rapidly."

2013 was a very active mosquito season and West Nile numbers spiked along with it. Looking at past years with the same winter conditions, Stokes says there's a possibility numbers could be lower this long as mosquito control acts aggressively.

"Our goal is to make 2014 lower than 1990. Instead of having 20% fewer, we hope it will be 30-40% fewer, which will help us in all kinds of ways, in annoyance and disease prevention."

But what can't be missed this month is the abundance of crane flies. They don't bite, but Stokes says he's received countless calls about what looks like giant mosquitos.

"They more or less look like giant mosquitos," said Stokes. "People call and say they have mosquitos and we go out and check and it's crane flies. Now, occasionally, you'll get a mosquito that will be in the mix."

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