Local News

Dry Weather = Fewer Mosquitoes

Posted July 13, 2007

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— Water restrictions might be a pain, but there is an upside to the dry weather – fewer mosquitoes.

Pest control companies said they've seen a drop in the number of calls they've gotten to get rid of mosquitoes. The main reason, they said, is because mosquitoes need standing water to breed and a lack of rainfall really hurts their numbers.

“At the same time, with less rain and the drought conditions, when it rains water tends to saturate a lot faster into the ground and tends to pond into puddling water,” said Mike Dinatale, with Triangle Pest Control.

Holly Springs resident Kari Melahn said her son is a mosquito magnet.

“It seems like my son has something sweet in his blood because he can come out, like last summer he went out without his shirt on one time and I forgot to put insect repellent on him,” Melahn said. “He came back with 30 or 40 on his back alone. It was horrible, and that has not happened, anything like that, this year.”

Pest control experts say mosquitoes only need a tiny bit of standing water. So you should always check areas like tarps, tires, or even children's toys laying in the backyard.

As for those shrinking numbers, the exterminators say they're typically getting about two to three calls a week from people who want their yards sprayed for mosquitoes. They say that's a far cry from what they had last year.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • youngerby5mins Jul 15, 2007

    We just returned from a family trip to Texas and when we arrived in Dallas around 6:30 p.m. the first night, my kids had at least 5-10 bites each just in the time it took to take our luggage from the car into my parents house. It was miserable.

  • QT3.14 Jul 14, 2007

    All right!!! More greenhouse gases, please!! /rolls eyes/

  • educgrad Jul 14, 2007

    I do not miss them either, they eat me alive,

  • LikelyResult Jul 14, 2007

    Mosquitos? Ants? Bees? Mercy!

    Help was just a click away.

    I just want to say a good word about Triangle Pest Control (trianglepestcontrol.com) out of Holly Springs. Donnie Shelton and Mike Dinatale are the best people you could ever work with. They are the most prepared, most responsive and future thinking pest control bunch I have used.

    They treat you like family and always follow up to make sure things are done right and that you are happy with their work!

    Another Two-Legged Mosquito/Ant/Yellow Jacket Magnet in Cary

  • THE ETERNAL Jul 14, 2007


  • weasleyes Jul 13, 2007

    I lived in Wilmington years ago. We had skeeters that could stand flat-footed and take on a turkey! There was one in our backyard, drinking a can of "Off" in one hand and eating a fish-head in the other. :)

  • mrtwinturbo Jul 13, 2007

    Years ago while living in Goldsboro we had a bad problem with fleas in the backyard, so I made a trip to K-Mart and bought four 20 pound bags of dry chemical to treat the yard. Afterwards I read the statement on the bag, and discovered one bag would have been enough. The rest of the summer my backyard was like the "No Fly Zone" nothing came in our yards, not even the birds would fly over it!!

  • shakennotstirred Jul 13, 2007

    sounds like a slice of heaven...

  • wizard633 Jul 13, 2007

    shakennotstirred......The problem here is a hog lagoon about 200 yards from the back of my property. If the bugs don't get you, the smell will. EPA has done nothing to help.

  • shakennotstirred Jul 13, 2007

    Miniscule Moisture Minimizes Mosquitos...