Maine Mosquito Population
Mosquito season is upon us, and with the steady rainfall the state has seen the mosquito population is sure to hatch in full force in the next week or so according to entomologists. To reduce mosquito numbers Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says getting rid of any standing water will help. Donahue has been studying insects for more than a decade and says there are 42 different types of mosquitoes in Maine, but she says not every kind will bite. The typical life span of the mosquito is a few days and it’s only the females that bite. Donahue says they need blood to produce the eggs. Not only can the insect be irritating to the skin, they can be dangerous. Mosquitoes help spread many deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever and, more commonly in North America, West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes have also carried Triple E or Eastern Equine Encephalitus in Maine. Last year Triple E killed one person in the state.