Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mosquitoe population predictions way off base

   It's doubtful anyone would support any sort of increase in the mosquito population. Several years ago regarding a story about repellents a so-called authority said that annual infestations were due largely to the previous winters weather.
   Just like weather forecasts being iffy, so are speculations about how large Michigan's Air Force, as some refer to mosquito arrivals, don't seem to hold a lot of accuracy.
   Take last winter for example. It was cold and remained so for a lengthy period of time. Experts claim that the cold kills any eggs or larvae left over.
   They probably would argue that all the snow we had provided an insulating barrier thereby allowing bugs to remain dormant only to come to life once weather arrived.
   If winter's are unseasonably warm with little snow, then it's been too warm to harm dormant bugs. See, you can't win.
   It's either too warm or too cold, too wet or not wet enough, too much snow or too little. And so it goes. For once it would be nice to hear scientists admit they don't know what causes large populations of mosquitoes and that they have no idea as to how to predict what will happen for the upcoming year.

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