Mosquitoes are having us for lunch


Julia Broadrick and Brianna Hone

After the gruesome rainstorms that struck Wisconsin, mosquitoes have been terrorizing De Pere.

On multiple accounts, people have noticed this, they’ve even observed bugs that have started invading their houses and cars. Many have begun to wonder, what is causing this?

De Pere High School students interviewed for this story guessed the problem was related to the rain and humidity as well as the heat.

They are correct, but there are also other reasons.

Freshman Amalee Schema, who lives on a local farm, has observed that it could be that the birds have started to migrate, causing the mosquito count to rise instead of fall.

A second reason is that mosquitoes lay eggs whether it is wet or dry outside, but the eggs only hatch and turn to larva in wet conditions. Because of all the rain lately, all the mosquito eggs that were laid in July and August are just hatching now, so the hot and humid weather has welcomed more and more of those bugs to the area.

Alaina Hibbard, a freshman, asked the question, “How many mosquito bites do you have?” replied right away, “Forty-two.”

Makena Tritabaugh also knew exactly how many she had: “Twenty-two.”

Furthermore, when posed the question if people think mosquitoes are important to the world, students gave varied answers.

Kennedy Moore, a freshman, answered, “They don’t really do anything. They just carry diseases and give people itchy bites.”

Hannah Frain mentioned the impact on the animal world.

“(They are important) because animals probably eat them,” she said. “Yes, they are annoying to us, but other animals probably need them as a resource.”