LEE COUNTY, Fla.- With warmer than average temperatures, the mosquito population is on the rise.
The heavy season doesn't usually start until May, but as the temperatures have crept up, so has the number of mosquitos flying around.
At the Buckingham Airfield, crews are preparing for even hotter weather ahead. Because it has been so warm, the planes Lee County Mosquito Control uses to spray throughout the area have already begun.
Mosquitos are buzzing around much earlier than usual. Typically, the temperatures wouldn't be high enough, and they would be harboring, not bothering anyone.
Southwest Florida is nearly five inches in rainfall defecit, which is keeping mosquito re-production under control, but also keeping their natural predators away. Pesticide spraying has been concentrated on neighborhoods where surveillance pinpoints breeding.
It's recommended that homeowners change the water in their bird baths, keep water fresh in dog bowls and change gutters that might be holding water. Mosquitoes bred at homes are generally the ones capable of carrying disease, so get rid of standing water and use bug spray as we head into summer.