KSN Storm Track 3 Digital Extra: Mosquito season returns – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-06-09 10:58:35 –

After a series of rainy days after May, people have recently been itching to go out looking forward to the warm, dry weather. However, as thermometers continue to rise, these flooded days contribute to the growth of the mosquito population throughout the state. The last week of May rained throughout the state, but some were able to withstand the heaviest downpour. As it rained, the total rainfall for many months was close to or above the seasonal average, making it a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

These summer pests find areas of stagnant water, or areas of almost static water, and lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae breed in the water, mature and fly into the sky. Ponds, swamps, outdoor water bowls and stands, uncleaned gutters and drains can also collect water to create a mosquito-friendly environment.

Humidity is important, but temperature also needs to be high. Both conditions exist as we approach mid-June.

As long as the humidity is a little higher, the higher the temperature, the faster the incubation period of the eggs laid by the mosquitoes, the faster the mosquitoes will mature and the more mosquitoes will grow. If the temperature is too low at night or throughout the afternoon, these pests will be a little lethargic. When their body temperature begins to exceed 60 degrees, they become more active and chew more aggressively. Protect yourself and your family outdoors by wearing an insect repellent, especially at dawn and dusk, when these pests are most active.

You may not think that mosquitoes attract you, but there is also the activity of sweating just by breathing. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. This is a sign of life in us, and when we are sweating, body odor and skin moisture draw more mosquitoes. Some studies have shown that dark clothing, especially blue clothing, is more attractive to mosquitoes. When spending time outside, it is advisable to wear clothing that is wicking and made of synthetic materials. The synthetic material is tightly woven so that mosquitoes do not easily approach the skin.

Other things to consider are eating sweets due to the addition of sugar to the bloodstream, adding perfumes and colons, or adding scented deodorants. Most of the additional aromas or If not used at all, the moss will make you and your loved ones less attractive as they aim for the next meal. Look for places away from the water or high leaves where breeding grounds are less prevalent. Well-ventilated conditions and fans help limit other factors that may further attract these pests and help control them. Not only is it itchy when bitten by a mosquito, but it can also carry diseases that can be harmful to humans, one of which is the West Nile virus. Take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible during the summer.

— Meteorologist Erica Page

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