All signs point to a severe mosquito season, summer.
According to a biologist from Lappeenranta, the snowy winter months, like right now, usually create ideal conditions for insects Kimmo Saarinen.
As the snow melts, the puddles become habitats for mosquitoes. It takes about two weeks for a freshly hatched mosquito to take off.
When the snow starts to melt, there will be plenty of puddles, Saarinen says. However, he warns that we need to wait and see in order to make more accurate predictions.
The more puddles we have, the more mosquitoes there will be, Saarinen says.
The heat of last summer caused a population catastrophe
The mosquito season usually lasts all summer. Different mosquito species have varying life cycles and egg germination times, ensuring eggs hatch throughout the summer. The temperature of water bodies that act as nesting areas also affects the germination time.
The snow cover also provides ideal living conditions for billions of other small animals, such as ticks and earthworms, Saarinen says. A snow-free winter created much harsher conditions for these organisms, he points out.
Source: The Nordic Page