Flooding could bring bumper crop of mosquitoes
DES MOINES (AP) — A bug expert at Iowa State University says all the flooding in Iowa could contribute to a bumper crop of mosquitoes in a few weeks.
Entomologist Lyric Bartholomay says mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and if the temperature is just right the hatchlings are flying around in a matter of days.
Sometimes floods with rapidly moving water can wash away developing mosquitoes so Bartholomay is uncertain that huge populations will develop. She says we'll know for sure in about two weeks.
She says it's wise to get rid of standing water in flower pots, gutters, and bird baths if possible and be sure to cover up with long pants and shirt sleeves when outdoors at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.