Brace for 'crazy' mosquito season, people in flood zones warned
Entomologist says soggy spring could mean 2 to 3 times more mosquitoes than usual
A Montreal entomologist says places in Quebec affected by flooding should expect two to three times more mosquitoes than usual this year.
Paul Maloney, owner of the Dorval-based company Eco Bug Doctor, told CBC conditions in flood zones are ideal for mosquito breeding.
Mosquito eggs need water to hatch. Maloney said most years, there are some eggs near the tops of ditches and ponds that don't hatch because they dry out.
Maloney said that means a stockpile of eggs that have been dormant for seven or eight years could finally hatch.
"On years where water goes exceptionally high, then you get more hatchings, and then you get crazy years of mosquitoes," he said.
He expects this infestation of mosquitoes will peak in the last week of June.