A summer night bike ride near the Cicero Swamp can mean a meal for mosquitoes. The recipe requires two very specific ingredients: rain and warmth.
“If it stays cold like this, it doesn’t really matter if there’s a lot of water. The mosquito populations aren’t as small as they were last year, but they’re certainly not the biggest we’ve seen,” says Stephanie Waldron of the Onondaga County Health Department.
Waldron and her team have been setting up traps since Memorial Day weekend, and will be through October. Each mosquito is counted and then tested for diseases like West Nile and EEE.
John Colasanti lives near the Cicero Swamp. He says, “I get very nervous. I’ve got two 13 year olds and I’ve got a puppy and yea you get nervous. Especially in the fall when they start giving you the warnings that they’ve found things in the pools over here. That’s when you get nervous.”
It’s low-lying and wet areas like Cicero Swamp that officials say are the most popular breeding grounds for mosquitoes. That’s why they’ve set three of their 20 Onondaga County traps in the swamp. It’s also why they say if you’re outside a lot, especially in a swampy area, you should either cover up, or spray.
You should also empty any bird baths or kiddie pools, and keep your grass short. Those are easy ways to fight the bite, and enjoy a bug-free summer.
The Health Department says most people are not likely to get sick from a mosquito bite. The most vulnerable people are seniors and young children.