NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The lack of rain and standing water has made it more difficult for springtime mosquito breeding, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be bitten.
Mosquitoes are mostly out in the early morning hours or around dusk, but when there is shade, water, or high grass, you can find more.
Just going down to the Connecticut River by the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton, boaters, fishers, walkers, joggers, and bikers were encountering the pests.
“I actually was riding home last night on my bike and I got swarmed by mosquitoes.”
“To be honest I’ve found maybe one or two this year so far. I’ve have had friends that have gotten bit a lot this year, but they seem pretty sparse.”
The best defense to avoiding a mosquito bite is wearing long clothes, avoiding wooded or wet areas and wearing bug spray.
Scientists studying the correlation of mosquito populations and temperature believe that drier than normal spring or fall seasons seemed to show more West Nile Virus activity the following summer.