Annoying biting gnats were a problem in Minnesota earlier this spring and summer, but what about widespread mosquito issues?
Perhaps you’ve noticed that you don’t have as many red bite marks all over your body compared to a typical summer? Then again, maybe you’re the victim of a billion and one bites?
If you’re among the lucky ones and haven’t been treated like a bug’s dinner plate, you might be curled in the fetal position awaiting what seems to be an inevitable explosion of Minnesota’s aggressive state bird.
I tossed a direct message to the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District on Facebook Tuesday morning with a simple question:
“Hello! Are the skeeters going to ramp up after all the rain, heat and humidity? Feels like we haven’t gotten attacked nearly as bad as other years … so I’m assuming it’s going to come sooner than later!”
It’s true that mosquitos are worse after “lots of rain in a short period of time,” and even more so after warm temperatures. Thus my inquiry, because, you know … Minnesota got slapped with 115-degree heat indices and two derechos (long-lived lines of severe storms) over the weekend.
If that doesn’t signal a mosquito explosion, I don’t know what does.
But the MMCD’s response to my question is encouraging for Skeeter Season 2019:
“Hi Joe, well that’s great news! I will assume you live in the north metro as there’s been the rainfall up there. Even if not, our once a year summer hatch of the cattail mosquito has already occurred so if conditions stay similar to what they’re like now, my guess is you are in good shape!”
Those are the most pleasing 52 words I’ve read in a long time, and maybe you’re in the same boat as I am when it comes to wondering where the mosquitos are.