Entomologist Dr. Ted Burgess from Northern Illinois University joined ABC7 Chicago via Skype with some tips on how to reduce mosqitoes around your home.
He said, while you do tend to see exploding mosquito populations after heavy rains, the two don't necessarily go hand in hand.
Heavy rains can create more habitat for mosquito breeding, but there are other conditions required to trigger swarms, like temperature and stagnant water, Burgess said.
Burgess also pointed out that a wet spring doesn't mean there will be lots of mosquitoes all summer. He said we may have conditions that prompt a large hatch of mosquitoes in spring, but a July drought can dry up their breeding sites and the population crashes.
Where are some places that mosquitoes tend breed?
There are two classes of mosquitoes:
What can you do to eliminate mosquito breeding places?
Burgess said nearly every county has a public health department or mosquito district that closely monitors culex mosquitoes.
They often set up traps and monitor breeding locations, and when populations reach a certain threshold they bring in mosquito control companies that do fogging and larviciding to keep the populations down.
Can mosquitoes transmit COVID-19?
Burgess also noted that there is no evidence to suggest that mosquitoes transmit ANY sort of coronavirus, let alone COVID-19. For a virus to be transmitted by a mosquito, it must have the ability to replicate inside the mosquitoes body, and to date it has been found that corona viruses cannot do so.