Massachusetts mosquito season
It's hard to believe that it was only a year ago that our area was immersed in a historic drought. This spring has brought more than it's fair share of heavy rain, along with unseasonably cool weather. Recent temperatures in the 40's for daytime highs haven't exactly lent credence to the phrase, "hope springs eternal." But what this weather pattern has created is conditions that are already creating a bad mosquito season in Massachusetts.
The most essential element that mosquitoes need to breed is water. Particularly after prior years which brought prolonged periods lacking in rainfall, this spring has provided enough moisture to fill ponds, flourish rivers, and create pooling and dampness in backyards and areas with dense brush.
Warmth is the next element that allows mosquitoes to flourish. While we haven't yet experienced extended periods of above average temperatures, that's about to change. Our local forecast has us reaching daytime highs in the 80's and 90's within the next week.
Mosquito season in Massachusetts is exacerbated by breeding in stagnant, standing fresh water. But this doesn't have to be an actual pond or river. Mosquito breeding can occur in buckets filled with water, wet trashcans, and clogged gutters.
So consider this an early Massachusetts mosquito season warning. It's going to be a bad one. Make the effort now to remove standing water. Clean out those gutters. And be proactive with a seasonal mosquito and tick treatment package with Burgess Pest.