Photo: James Gathany (CDC)
As it gets to be summertime in Indiana, some parts of the state are already seeing mosquitoes in unusually high numbers.
Indiana Department of Health Surveillance Director Tom Duszynski warns that mosquitoes should be a concern any time they’re among humans. Even a small amount of standing water, in a flowerpot for example, provides more than enough space for mosquitoes to breed. Duszynski urges residents to dispose of any standing water on their property.
“Folks can protect themselves easily by wearing long sleeves, long pants, or using a mosquito repellant like those that contain Deet, especially between the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active,” Duszynski said.
Experts say heavy spring rainfall and flooding have created conditions ripe for mosquitoes, but the extended dry spell in different parts of the state is also aiding the breeding season. As weather conditions changes throughout the summer, residents can expect different patterns to emerge. “It doesn’t take them a lot of time,” Duszynski said, “to get from eggs to hatching.”
Still, he said it’s too early to say what the summer mosquito season will look like.