Earth Calendar for August 11th and August 12th

Aug 11, 2014

This is the time of year when we open our windows, work on our lawns and gardens, and get ready for the cookout. Just one slight problem, it’s bug season and weather has a big impact on mosquito populations.

Rainy weather gives a boost to mosquitoes that rely on stagnant pools of water for their breeding grounds. These tiny insects aren’t picky – they’ll make of use standing water in abandoned bird baths, buckets, dog bowls or something less noticeable like the inside of a tire, the fold of a ground tarp, even an upturned bottle cap! And while it may seem counter intuitive, dry weather spells can boost mosquito populations, too. Rainfall pushes water through storm drain systems and keeps streams flowing, but during dry spells, standing water sits in these systems and provides ideal breeding grounds. Creeks and streams that dry up during drought leave behind small, still puddles – perfect conditions for mosquito eggs.
Mosquito bites can be more than just annoyances – these insects can carry diseases like Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. But you don’t have to let pesky insects keep you inside or ruin your summer fun. The EPA provides information and tips on safe methods to control mosquitos and ticks online.

On Our Calendar: Make your reservation for the annual Gorman Heritage Farm Row by Row Dinner on Saturday, September 6th.  The Row by Row Dinner celebrates food grown on the Farm and proceeds benefit education programs offered at the Farm. Reservations and more information at the website.