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Severe Cold Weather & Mosquitoes

written by Outdoor Classroom Director, Julia Lunn

The good news about this cold snap… it will probably result in a lower mosquito population this summer!

Mosquitoes are very sensitive to their environment. Milder winters allows more of the little critters to over winter and survive. Severe cold can have a negative impact on hibernating female mosquitoes. Though the eggs stay nice and cozy underneath the winter snow, the severe cold temps can affect the survival rate of adult mosquitoes.

As well as being detrimental to mosquitoes, the severe cold temperatures will also knock out a big percentage of emerald ash borer beetles that have wiped out our Ash tree population as well as the gypsy moths which munch on our Oak savanna. Read more about that here: https://blogs.mprnews.org/updraft/2014/01/extreme-cold-may-wipe-out-high-percentage-emerald-ash-borer-larvae/

Stay warm and safe this week! While you’re home, here’s an easy recipe to make with your children at home:

 

Individual Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

1 small apple peeled and chopped

1 Tablespoon flour

2 Tablespoons oatmeal

1 Tablespoon butter in 4 chunks

Sprinkle of cinnamon sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

Place chopped apple into a small baking ramekin.

Top with flour and oatmeal.

Dot with 4 squares of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Libertyville Area Moms Feature Board President, Kelly Dunn Rynes
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