Increased rainfall paired with higher than average temperatures provide an ideal breeding habitat for the bloodsucking insects.
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With warm weather comes a bunch of exciting things—think backyard barbecues, beach days, and picnics in the park. However, there's one aspect of the season no one enjoys: mosquitoes. The bloodsuckers pop up during summer and leave itchy bumps on the skin of their victims. Coined "the world's deadliest animal" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading a variety of diseases, including malaria and yellow fever. Unfortunately, according to a report by Today, the insect will only be more rampant during 2022.

Due to increased precipitation and higher temperatures, the pest has an ideal habitat to breed in this mosquito season, which starts in early spring and continues throughout fall. Mosquito larvae need water to develop, which means "the wetter an area is, the greater the concentration of mosquitos will be," Edward Ryan, M.D., an immunologist at Harvard Medical School and director of Global Infectious Diseases at Mass General Hospital, told Today.

States that will experience more rainfall this summer will likely have more mosquitos and therefore, its residents may be more susceptible to mosquito-borne illnesses. According to Dr. Ryan, those states include: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. In addition to increased precipitation, the National Centers for Environmental Information reports that this year has a 99 percent chance of becoming one of the top 10 hottest years on record. Both of these factors combined lead to a greater chance that mosquitos will be more prevalent this summer.

It's important to put protections in place so you can safeguard yourself against these disease-carrying insects. Michael Joseph Raupp, Ph.D., an entomologist at the University of Maryland told Today that the first place to start is by eliminating all breeding sites for mosquitos around the home. This includes getting rid of stagnant water, cleaning out backed-up rain gutters, and putting fresh water in bird baths every few days.

As you likely have in previous years, wearing insect repellent is another effective way to ward off mosquitos. Additionally, you should aim to avoid places where disease-carrying mosquitos are present. Ryan recommends checking your local state department website, which will have prevention tips and information on mosquito activity in your area.

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