Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
West Nile virus is back, and officials are urging Minnesotans to avoid mosquito bites, dump out standing water and report dead birds.
Summer vacation and these summer-like temperatures have a lot of families heading outdoors. As people venture out, the threat of deer ticks and Lyme disease are always there — but scientists say it’s not just Lyme disease that deer ticks are known for anymore.
A regional conference in the Twin Cities will have a bearing on how much you’ll enjoy the coming summer.
That’s because 120 members of the North Central Mosquito Control Association are gathered at the University of Minnesota to discuss insect control strategies and surveillance.
An earlier tick season may coming in Minnesota. On Friday, the first day of spring, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District raised its “tick risk meter” from medium to high.
With the snow, ice, and cold still lingering — there is one sign that spring is right around the corner. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District is treating more than 100 acres in the metro this week because of thin ice conditions.
With the second rainiest June on record, all that standing water in ponds and lakes may leave you feeling itchy. “Mosquitos develop in places that are dry most of the time, but then fill up with water after a rainstorm,” said Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Communications Coordinator Mike McLean. We’ve really seen those kind of places fill up.
The peaceful call of loons in northern Minnesota is coming under attack by the pestering buzz of biting black flies. “It must be hard for them to see, let alone even breathe,” said Lori Naumann, a non-game specialist with the Department of Natural Resources.
Now that the weather’s getting nice, Minnesota’s most common pest is popping out. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said over the Memorial Day weekend there was an explosion in the mosquito population.
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer and it also kicked off the start to mosquito season.
In Minnesota, it’s well known that rabbits can’t even multiply at the rate of mosquitoes. “I noticed earlier this year on one of the first nice days we all went outside and we all got bit,” said Amy Hall of Minneapolis.
The snow is finally gone, which can only mean that it’s time to get ready for mosquito season. Helicopters with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District were already out and spraying for the pests on Tuesday.
Officials have given out the warning to Twin Cities residents: West Nile Virus is back. Authorities with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said Wednesday a sample of mosquitoes collected in Carver County tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District resumed flights Tuesday, the first time since a pilot working for them was killed in a helicopter crash last week.
Now that the weather is finally warm enough to head outside without a long-sleeved shirt or pants, the mosquitoes, ticks and black flies have appeared. That had us wondering: Why do bug bites itch?
Mosquitoes are not exactly the sign of spring that most of us look for.
There’s a rise in cases of encephalitis that can severely affect, or even disable, young children in Minnesota. Health officials, however, say it’s preventable.
We’ve had to put up with plenty of heat, but also plenty of pests this summer.
There’s a new weapon in the battle against mosquitoes: smartphone apps that make sounds mosquitoes are supposed to hate.
The whirling sound of a helicopter’s blades in your neighborhood may mean you will be spared from those itchy, red bites this spring and summer.
They are miniature, silent, sneaky little bugs, still snacking on us even in mid-October.
Mosquitoes: there are millions of them, they’re a nuisance, and so is their bite which makes you itch and scratch your skin like crazy. So why does the mosquito population in Minnesota seems to be pretty slim this year?
A plan of attack has been made to combat the large amount of mosquitoes swooping into Anoka, Washington, Hennepin and Carver counties after the season’s heavy rains.