Much has been written over the years about the life cycle of those pesky little critters.
Admittedly, some of it was fact and some total nonsense. Having been born and raised high in the mountains of Europe — and having never seen or felt their bite until age 17 when I reestablished the pleasures of life in Northwest Indiana — I had absolutely no immunity against their bites.
Immediately from the first bite I became very sick, and the pain from the resulting infection kept me from sleeping nights. People were shocked when I showed them an infected bite. It became vitally important to study their life cycle, behavior and weaknesses.
One of the "experts" last year wrote that the reason we had few mosquitoes in recent years because of the drought. We had no drought in Northwest Indiana. Vegetation didn't reveal any until DeMotte, 24 miles to the south.
And we all know a mosquito doesn't need Lake Michigan for laying eggs. A few drops or a cup of water is sufficient. That's where their problems begin.
Because of the extreme heat in these last two years, their eggs actually became cooked, reducing their population dramatically.
You can make the same observation. Set a glass of water out even in the shade during 95 degrees or more. One day you will observe their larvae, and the next day they're dead. Cooked.
- Dieter Schwarz, Crown Point