Cold winter won't help with mosquitoes

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 27, 2014 5:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Environmental Protection says the cold winter isn't going lead to fewer mosquitoes this summer.


"It doesn't matter that we had a significantly cold, arduous winter," says DEP spokeswoman Amanda Witman. 

"The mosquitoes will emerge as soon as they start to notice that warmer weather. So the fact that we had a really harsh winter will unfortunately have no bearing on West Nile virus and the amount of mosquitoes we see in Pennsylvania this year."

Witman says it just takes a couple of days for mosquitoes to re-emerge and they breed in pools of standing water.

Last year was relatively typical for West Nile in the state, but 2012 was one of the worst years on record.

The DEP recently awarded more than $2 million in grants to counties to help control West Nile.

In the midstate, grants to Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York totaled nearly $600,000.

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