Updated: 06/04/2014 6:37 PM
Created: 06/04/2014 5:31 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Another beautiful day in the Northland is hard to pass up, but warmer weather doesn't come without unfavorable consequences. Mosquitoes are here and in full force. Their size and numbers have many people wondering, is this the worst season we've seen for mosquitoes?
When you ask people about mosquitoes, they typically have a few choice words for the pesky pests.
"Very annoying!" said Andrew Zimmerman. Matthew Thibodeau called them "bloodsucking buggers."
So far this season, they are taking quite the toll.
"I have a couple [bites] on the backs of my legs and then some on my arms," said Thibodeau.
And if you think they're worse than usual, you might be right.
"The eggs and the larvae develop in standing water, so the more standing water you have, the more mosquitoes you have," explained Tim Craig, the head of the biology department at UMD.
Craig said this winter and spring have created the perfect habitat for a mosquito breeding ground. The Northland had a ton of snow and then rain, creating plenty of standing water. Now, we are seeing higher temperatures.
"Whenever there is warm weather then they start to develop. The more warm the weather is and the more rain, the more chances there are for multiple broods of mosquitoes," said Craig.
It seems Northlanders are trying to keep the swarms of mosquitoes away from their homes and yards. Eyewitness News called around to at least a dozen pest control companies. They all said business was booming.
Products to protect your skin are also flying off the shelf. Russ Francisco at Marine General says his customers have noticed the uptick in mosquitoes.
"Brutal, that's the number one word, brutal," he said.
Francisco said they always have a good stock of bug dope, but this year has been exceptional.
"This year everybody is jumping on it quickly. We actually ran out and had to get more in," he said.
Unfortunately, Craig said the mosquitoes won't be going anywhere until we have drier weather so all we can do is cover up and wait.
Police Replace Two Children's Toys Lost in Fire
The Easter Sunday blaze that destroyed the Applewood Knoll apartments in Duluth was also the last time two children saw the toys the treasured, so on Saturday morning, members of the Duluth Police Department took those kids on a shopping trip, hoping the gesture would help them move forward....
Twin Ports Food Activists Host Rally Against Monsanto
Support for local and healthy foods was the focus of a rally on Saturday in the Twin Ports. The event on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street featured local farmers showcasing their plants and produce and talking to the public about sustainable agriculture...
Kids Channel Inner Poet at Poet-Tree Event
Children were able to explore the beauty of poetry and trees at an event sponsored by the Duluth Library Foundation as well as other organizations.
Dayton Vetoes Agriculture-Environment and Jobs-Energy Bills
Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on bills that passed before the end of the legislative session, adding to the workload that lawmakers will face in an upcoming special session.
Northlanders Gear Up for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
Campers and boats filled Highway 61 Friday afternoon enroute to Memorial Daynweekend destinations up the North Shore. Trip Adviser said Friday is the busiest day for travel over the holiday weekend where 41 percent of Americans said they had trips planned....