Floods Could Mean Mosquitoes Flourish

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

The wet weather in late winter and early spring has experts expecting a mosquito surge this season.

As the flood waters recede around southern Wisconsin they could leave behind sitting water ideal for breeding.

"The last couple of years we've had very little mosquito pressure," said Environmental Health Services Supervisor John Hausbeck with Public Health Madison & Dane County. "This year we might not be so lucky. We have a lot of standing water around. We're going to get a big influx of mosquitoes. How big is really going to depend on how much it dries out before it gets really warm."

Hausbeck says his testing reveals the type of mosquito expected to flourish after floods in our area rarely carries the West Nile Virus, unlike in other areas like Chicago and Colorado.

Some mosquitoes rarely fly further than a mile from where they are born. Hausbeck says you can keep them away from your home by keeping clean any small containers of water like pools, fountains, ponds, and tires.

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