Wet Weather is Expensive for MN Mosquito Control District
After a near record breaking wet soggy May, mosquitoes have surged in the Twin Cities metro area. Jim Stark is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Mosquito Control District, he says the mosquito population got an head start, "Normally we don't see adult mosquitoes until Memorial Day weekend, and then we'll deal with them throughout the rest of the summer. Our season started really early this year.
Stark says mosquito abatement spending is ahead of pace, "We've spent probably close to 70 percent of our insecticide budget this year already, which is probably 10-15 percent more than we have in even record years."
Because of the wet May, and early spending, Stark says some dry weather would be welcomed. "It just so happens this year we spent a lot of our budget early in the year," he said. "We're hoping to get some relief in the middle of the summer when it dries out."