Skip to main content

After mosquitoes nearly vanished during last year's drought, the unwelcome return of the blood-thirsty bugs is catching some Twin Cities residents off guard. 

The current rise in mosquitoes — brought on by last month's heavy rainfall — is prompting many phone calls to the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

However, Alex Carlson, the district's public affairs coordinator, said mosquito counts are actually lower than the numbers recorded at this time in 2020 — last year's outlier season seems to be fueling the extra concern and annoyance. 

"People are noticing mosquitoes because we didn't have any last year," Carlson said Wednesday. 

Still, some areas that recently saw significant rainfall are showing to be hotspots for mosquitoes, including northern Anoka County, western Hennepin County and the southern portion of St. Paul. 

Carlson said residents can help combat mosquitoes by removing any water that might be hanging around in containers and other low spots after the rainfall. 

It only takes about one inch of rainfall to produce a hatch of mosquitoes, but Carlson said drier weather expected in the next 10 days could bring some relief. 

If mosquitoes are becoming a particular annoyance in your area, metro residents are encouraged to submit at tip online.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 10.02.59 AM

North Dakota's only abortion clinic relocating to Minnesota

A GoFundMe set up to help the clinic make the move to Minnesota has surpassed its $500,000 goal.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 12.37.03 PM

Deadly vehicle fire on Interstate 94 west of Fargo

The victim's age and name have not been released.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.


Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.


Flickr - SIMULIIDAE black fly gnat - D. Sikes

South Twin Cities metro besieged by aggressive gnats

Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has received more than 100 calls in recent days.


How the fastest animal on the planet returned to MN after local extinction

The fastest animal on Earth had once vanished from Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Juneteenth 2022: Celebrations planned all weekend in Twin Cities

There's dozens of places to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend.

Rainfall up to 2 inches in the Twin Cities with snow up north

Nothing quite like waking up to snow on the ground this time of year....

Flickr - mosquito skin - Jim STauffer

Mosquito levels remain low - but there's some bad news

Get ready to learn about Culex mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.