Hard to think about this just after the sloppy snow and rain we got last night, but…
Besides being my parents’ anniversary, Feb. 2nd of each year means Punxsutawney, PA holds its annual rite of spring and watches (pulls) that poor groundhog, Phil, out of his hole in Gobblers Knob. This year Phil didn’t see anything! So the powers-that-be of Punxsutawney proclaimed an early spring is on the way. Always nice to get good news of a short winter, right? Hey, in truth Phil is only right 39% of the time. Just be sure to remember that for anything good, there is also a balancing “not-so-good”. Kind of a Ying-Yang type of arrangement.
Here in the northeast, an early spring is welcomed (unless, I guess, if you’re a skier or snowmobiler). But with it means an early introduction to a proliferation of mosquitoes and ticks which have spent the past four-five months in hiding, just waiting for the right conditions to begin their life cycle.
Standing water, even in the smallest of amounts, provide a proper breeding ground for mosquitoes. All they need is a few warm days and out they come. Similarly, ticks have “over-wintered” on hosts (think mice, squirrels and birds) or in shelters (think piles of leaves, woods, your garage, basement, etc.)
Here’s a couple of things you can do to help “stem the tide”.