Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Central New Yorkers are normally complaining about mosquitoes by mid June. But in 2013, the tiny pests haven’t been quite so numerous.
Health officials say, however, that with all the wet weather the region has been experiencing, mosquitoes may be on the horizon and the county is already preparing.
"Typically in June we do get a spike of mosquitoes because perturbans, those are those little mosquitoes that bother everybody and bite a lot, they typically come out this time of year and we typically get a lot of them,” said Onondaga County Director of Environmental Health Assessment Lisa Letteney.
Onondaga County has already been trapping for a few weeks, but they say the count of mosquitoes is definitely lower than the past couple years.
In addition, there has been no sign of virus, like West Nile or EEE.
By this point last year, officials had already confirmed West Nile in a pool of mosquitoes.
“Just because we have low mosquito numbers doesn't necessarily mean we're not going to have virus because there's been years where we've had low mosquito numbers and we still have just as much virus as other years when we have high mosquitoes,” Letteney said.
Letteney says residents should try to keep their property free from the elements that allow mosquitoes to breed – such as standing water and moist, cluttered gutters.
In addition, residents should take precautions during the height of mosquito season by wearing long sleeves and pants and using proper repellent, particularly between dawn and dusk.