Early signs point to a severe mosquito season

All signs point to a severe mosquito season, summer.

According to a biologist from , the snowy winter months, like right now, usually create ideal conditions for insects Kimmo Saarinen.

The thick cover currently covers most of . According to the , a record amount of snow fell in Eastern Finland in February.

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.

A warm, rainless spring would ensure snow evaporation. On the other hand, mild and increased rainfall would cause even more stagnant .

The more puddles we have, the more mosquitoes there will be, Saarinen says.

The heat of last summer caused a population catastrophe

Last summer, most of Finland’s mosquitoes were gone by July. This was due to a sudden , which resulted in them hatching at the same and the puddles drying out.

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 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 , 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

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