GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — 24 Hour News 8 is getting ready for the unofficial start to summer and with the start of summer comes the start of mosquito season.
While it was extremely cold throughout West Michigan this past winter, it wasn’t cold enough to kill those pesky bugs like mosquitoes.
“Insects have been around for a couple hundred million years and through evolution they have lots of ways to be able to tolerate the cold. If not, they wouldn’t be here,” said James Dunn, an anamologist in the biology department at Grand Valley State University told 24 Hour News 8 in January.
Many insects go underground for the winter, which means all the snow was actually helping keep them alive.
“It’s a blanket. You’re lost in the wilderness — the first thing you do is build a snow cave to survive in the winter time,” Dunn said. “They are right under the snow and it’s warm.”
Dunn was able to offer a silver lining when it comes to bugs for the spring and summer: “The good insects will survive and we do need the good insects to have a well-functioning ecosystems.”
On 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak, Jack Den Uyl from the Mosquito Squad talked about what you can do to fight back against the mosquitoes.