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Mosquitoes Have Arrived Early In Central Indiana
Updated February 24, 2017 7:58 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - It's only February, but the mosquitoes are here, nearly three months earlier than the time they usually start making an appearance. Experts say the mild winter weather is likely to blame.

Matt Sinsko, a coordinator with the Marion County Health Department Mosquito Control told FOX59 news mosquitoes generally spend the winter months in egg form, but some females might come out from their hibernation, since the weather is warm.

These pesky bugs making you itch might not be here to stay, though. The average life-span of a mosquito is about one month, meaning there's a chance Mother Nature could take its course if colder weather comes back.

Mosquito Control generally begins its prevention and extermination around Memorial Day. Sinsko said they might look into adjusting that date depending on what the weather is like for the rest of the winter. He also ensured that just because mosquitoes are coming out earlier, it doesn't necessarily mean there will be a higher population or they will be stronger than past years.

Here are some important things you can do right now:

  • Wear bug spray if you see mosquitoes in your yard
  • When using a citronella candle, put it on the ground and at your feet, instead of on a table. That way, the smoke will rise from the ground, keeping the mosquitoes away from your feet.
  • Use a fan on your porch or deck. Mosquitoes can't fly through high winds.
  • Clear your yard of any standing water in buckets or tires and be sure to clean your gutters to remove any possibility of mosquitoes breeding in your backyard.


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