Mosquito Population Could Rise This Summer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- After a cold winter and what's been a wet spring, warmer weather is finally here.

That has had many of you have asking us on our Facebook page about what this seasons bug population has to bring.

While it seems we can just never get rid of the box-elder bugs, there is better news when it comes to most insects. The prolonged cold we saw late this winter and spring is delaying bugs from emerging.
Rockford Park District Operations Manager Dan Erwin says once they do arrive, we can expect fewer numbers for most insects with the exception of mosquitoes.

"Our winter was cold enough to kill off some of the insect population but one of our first concerns this summer is going to be the mosquito population with it being so wet," Erwin said.

If the wet conditions continue this summer, the mosquito population could explode even more with the potential for greater numbers of the West Nile Virus.

You can be proactive though by reducing standing water on your property.

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