Despite dry weather, mosquitoes still a pest to contend with

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 5:50 PM EDT
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Mosquitoes continue to be a summertime pest in Maine, despite recent dry conditions.

Jim Dill, Pest Management Specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, says mosquitoes need a stagnant water source to breed. This year’s dry weather has helped slow the insects’ from reproducing, but there are still plenty around.

“Some of those breeding sites have certainly dried up. But I can tell ya, when you’re out in the woods in some areas where I’ve been, you wouldn’t know that it’s dried up, ‘cause there’s - there’s - there’s plenty of mosquitoes out there, and there always are. And the thing is, it doesn’t take much water. You know, a mosquito larvae can actually develop live a teaspoon of water,” says Jim Dill.

Mosquitoes aren’t just pests, in Maine they’ve been found to carry things like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Dill recommends clearing gutters, bird baths and other potential water collection sites to eliminate spots mosquitoes can breed. If you plan to be outside, wear protective clothing and insect repellent.

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