What’s the Mosquito Forecast for 2021?
May 19, 2021
There’s nothing quite as annoying as the buzz of a mosquito and the pinch of it’s bite while you’re trying to enjoy a little outdoor time this spring and summer. Most people from the Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire region are used to these little blood suckers interrupting their cookouts and patio time, but it’s always a good idea to get a mosquito forecast on what this year’s buzzing and biting season may be like so you are prepared for what lies ahead.
What Factors Determine a Mosquito Season?
The skeeters may be biting a lot this year! While you may hear entomologists and meteorologists warn of an overabundance of mosquitoes this year, you may also wonder why that is. What causes one year to have a massive surge in mosquitoes and other years to be more tempered?
There are some ecological and climate-related factors that can help us determine just how bad these pests will be biting each year. Two climate factors that go hand-in-hand are the temperature and the amount of precipitation that an area receives. Mosquitoes thrive in areas with hot, humid temperatures and high levels of rainfall.
Hmmmm. New England climate?
Lots of Spring rain, check.
So far our region is ticking all the boxes when it comes to factors that cause a rise in mosquito vectors.
One last factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the prevalence of water (standing water in particular) in an area. For instance, does an area have swamps, ponds, or other standing water areas that could be excellent areas for mosquito breeding? Our region has all of these things!
What’s the 2021 Forecast?
Drum roll please. According to Pest.org, the official consumer education website of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the Northeast corridor of the United States will have a higher than normal risk level for an overabundance of mosquitoes this year.
They go on to state that, “The Northeast has some of the hottest summers in the country, and there are plenty of standing bodies of water in the region that help produce high volumes of mosquitoes.”
Meteorologists at the National Weather Center concur that the Northeastern states are predicted to have a heavier than usual rainfall this spring and summer, which can exasperate the mosquito situation. (map courtesy of National Weather Center)
What Can You Do To Counter Mosquitoes?
At Pest-End, we offer a couple of different options for controlling the risk of mosquitoes in your yard. Our basic Tick and Mosquito Protection Program includes monthly treatments throughout the active season. We also offer a Maximized Tick and Mosquito Program where we conduct two treatments per month to offer a more aggressive approach.
Get ahead of what promises to be a banner season for mosquitoes before your backyard entertaining plans take a turn for the worse.