It’s a sign of summer — when Minnesota’s unofficial state bird takes over our barbeques and baseball games. The mosquito can do quite a number on our skin. So why do mosquito bites itch? Good Question.
Summer means it’s time to fire up the grill and invite friends over for a barbecue, but it seems like unexpected guests always crash the party. No, not your in-laws — we’re talking about pesky bugs
No Minnesota resident is pleased to see a mosquito, but residents of Bemidji may be the most mosquito-shy of all.
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.
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.
West Nile Virus is back in Minnesota. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control says a mosquito sample collected in Scott County tested positive for the virus this week. So far, there are no human cases of the virus in the state.
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.
Brad from Watertown wants to know: Why are there dots on our windshields? Our friends from Abra Auto Body and Glass helped us with this one. Basically those dots are there to stop UV rays from coming in from the sun. Without the dots, UV rays could burn the adhesive that holds the windshield in place.
A Cass County teen has been charged with felony wildlife arson after intentionally setting a blaze Wednesday that damaged over 70 acres and endangered several homes. Anthony James Wittner, 17, told investigators he started a forest fire because mosquitoes were bothering him, according to the Cass County Attorney’s Office.
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.
A second person has died in connection with West Nile virus, according to the latest numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. According to the newest figures, there are now 29 cases of confirmed West Nile in the state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that there have been 25 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in the state this year. The updated numbers include four cases where the virus was detected in blood donors.
The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual. Experts say it’s been a buggier-than-normal summer in many places around the U.S. because of a combination of drought, heavy rain and heat.
The glow of a firefly is much more appreciated than the sound of a mosquito buzzing around your head. But Dr. Susan Weller, director of the Bell Museum, says the reason we’re seeing more of each bug this summer could be one in the same. “Our very cold spring slowed down the development of our early summer fireflies, so they’re emerging now,” Weller said.
State health officials say a Murray County man has Minnesota’s first case of the West Nile virus this year. The man got sick with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease.
Mosquitoes have been very aggressive lately, and the hot weather has had many shedding clothes and exposing their skin to direct sunlight. There’s no better time than now to get caught up on all the remedies for summer-specific ailments like sunburns and bug bites.
After a long Fourth of July weekend at the cabin, many Minnesotans return home scratching the dozens of mosquito bites all over their bodies. We’ve all noticed that it seems like they’re worst at night, so Cory in Faribault wanted to know: Where do mosquitoes hide in the day? According to Kirk Johnson, an ecologist with the Minnesota Mosquito Control District, it starts 20 minutes before sunset and lasts for about 2.5 hours.
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.
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?
A late spring, mixed with rain, standing water and cool temperatures have spawned billions of mosquitoes.
State health epidemiologist Dave Neitzel says the wet and cold spring will bring a bumper crop of pests for the summer.
Just because we’ve had an extended winter this spring, doesn’t mean we’ll be bug-free when warmer weather does finally roll around.
For every adorable family with a sled at sunset there is one Minnesotan who is winter-weary.