Do Mosquitoes Like the Rain?Janay Rickwalder
Saturday, July 6, 2013
This past June has been a wet one on the east coast, with rain
totals at least 3-5 inches
greater than normal. This has spurred many news outlets to warn
of an increase in mosquito
populations as well. But contrary to what some may believe,
mosquitoes don’t like rain, they like puddles.
The female mosquito lays her eggs in stagnant water, and larvae
need only ½ inch of water to survive. With so much rainfall, water
gathers quickly and cannot easily evaporate or soak into the
To help keep mosquito populations down in these prime breeding
conditions, homeowners can follow a few
prevention tips to eliminate potential breeding grounds on
their personal property.
- Dump out any standing water that can collect in receptacles
such as flower pots and old tires.
- Replace water in bird baths every few days.
- Empty baby pools and dry off water slides in between use.
- Clear water off pool covers after it rains.