Cold spring keeps mosquitoes at bay as wood ticks thrive - FOX 35 News Orlando

Cold spring keeps mosquitoes at bay as wood ticks thrive

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Minnesotans are used to swatting and spraying to keep mosquitoes away in June, but the cold spring has kept them from coming out in swarms and the experts are using the extra time to go after them.

As much as the gloomy, gray skies may get people down, there certainly aren't many gripes about the flying, blood-sucking bugs of summer so far.

"Nothing bouncing off our faces," said Isa Erickson. "It's pretty good!"

Even those who prepared for the pests haven't made any sightings.

"I'm on the lookout for them," Carrie Vaterlaus told FOX 9 News. "I got a couple things around my yard that water pools up in, and I haven't noticed anything."

That's because the cold spring has kept the skeeters in the larvae stage, and Metro Mosquito Control has used the extra time to get a jump on making sure they stay under control. So far, crews have treated 50,000 acres in the metro and are now moving to hit the hard-to-reach spots.

"The kind of mosquitoes that we're seeing, the size of them in the water -- we're just a few days from seeing some significant numbers, especially if it warms up a bit," said Mike McLean.

Yet while mosquitos may be few and far between for now, ticks are thriving. While a lot of complaints continue to pour in, experts say there aren't more ticks than usual this year even though there are a lot right now. That's because wood ticks are late and the deer ticks are on time.

"They're kind of bunched together," McLean said. "We're ending up, right around now, with a pretty good spike in tick numbers in general."

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