Hot, Hot, Hot followed by Rain, Rain, Rain (Flood, Flood, Flood) = Tens of Millions of >>
"There are more than 50 mosquito species living in Wisconsin. And all females of the species require a blood meal to breed. The most notorious mosquitoes come from the genus Aedes-the floodwater mosquitoes. If a pond or riverbank dries up, their eggs can remain dormant for months or years until they again come into contact with water. It takes about two weeks after water is available for the adults to appear, and up to 100 mosquitoes can emerge per square foot of water surface per day in good breeding habitat. More than 60 percent of these adults will migrate approximately 10 to 20 miles from their breeding site in search of a blood meal. Female mosquitoes will live for three to six weeks and can take multiple blood meals during this time."
Yep, that sounds about right.
The boys are a bit shocked by the masses of mosquitoes that have appeared this week. The swarming, the whining, the bites, the red swollen itchy leftovers...up the nose, in the eyes, in the ears. YUK!
We have a few more books coming from the library...I have a feeling we will be discussing them for awhile...
Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen