If you've noticed more mosquito bites on your ankles, there's a very good reason for that.

Mosquitoes have experienced a population explosion in the Hudson Valley this summer, and things are going to get much worse as we head into the fall. According to Accuweather, the Northeast is seeing two to three times more mosquitoes than usual. The reason has a lot to do with the weather.

The Hudson Valley has seen a lot of rain this summer, making our region a literal breeding ground for those biting insects. Heavy rainfall, even for short periods of time, create puddles of standing water, which mosquitoes use to lay their eggs. Because it the sun hasn't had time to completely dry those puddles before the next rainfall, mosquito larvae have been able to survive and grow at a record pace.

At this point, even if we get a dry spell in the Hudson Valley it is probably too late. The mosquitoes are already multiplying and will most likely be around throughout the Fall. Even though the mosquito boom can't be reversed, there are still things you can do to help prevent it from becoming even worse.

Hudson Valley residents are urged to empty any standing water containers, including birdbaths, saucers under outdoor plants, clogged drains and gutters. This will prevent even more mosquitoes from breeding as we continue to wage war against them until the first frost this Fall.

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