Yes, Mosquitoes Are Brutal as Hell in Michigan This Year
It's no secret that mosquitos are freaking brutal in Michigan this year. You can't step outside without being eaten alive by those blood-sucking bastards. Last night around 6 o'clock I went outside to trim a tree in my front and I couldn't be out there for more than 15 minutes, they chewed me up and spit me out.
I think we all know why they're worse this year than what feels like ever before. It's all the damn rain we've been getting. The summer started out with a drought so mosquito eggs built up and didn't hatch right away. Then we got hit with all that rain and their eggs started hatching and those little nasty suckers started feeding on us and our pets.
I'm sorry to say, it's probably going to get worse before it gets better if we continue to get more rainfall. Edward Walker, Michigan State University professor of entomology says that When a big hatch of mosquitoes occurs after at least half an inch of rainfall, those mosquitoes go out to lay more eggs. If rainfall continues, those eggs will keep hatching and the cycle will continue. Well, guess what? We have more rain in the forecast.
There isn't a whole lot you can do to avoid mosquitoes aside from not going outside. However, if you have standing water around the house like in buckets, kiddie pools or wherever, get rid of it. I have a fire pit with a cover that fills up with water every time it rains and I always make sure to dump that out. I don't know if it really makes that big of a difference but I'm willing to do whatever it takes.
I love summers in Michigan but I hate the freaking mosquitoes.