A large section of the United States seems like it is getting eaten alive worse than usual this summer because of quirks in recent weather. It may be the worst in the Southeast, where after two years of drought when mosquito eggs laid dormant, there have been incredibly heavy rains much of the spring and summer. The rains have revived the dormant eggs, so the region is essentially getting three years’ worth of mosquitoes in one summer.
In parts of Connecticut this summer, mosquito traps had double the usual number of bugs. Minnesota traps in July had about triple the 10-year average. And in central California, traps had five times as many of one key species as the recent average.
Humans have been battling the blood-drinking bugs for thousands of years, and despite man’s huge advantages in technology and size, people are not getting the upper hand. Just lots of bites on the hand. read more