By LAURA ERNDE
Mosquitoes and good news don't usually go together, but this season Tri-State area residents may have two reasons to cheer.
Cool and dry weather is staving off the biting bugs. And for those communities that still have unbearable mosquito problems, a kinder and gentler pesticide is available, experts say.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture originally predicted a nasty mosquito season, much like last year's, because of a mild winter.
Luckily, that hasn't held true in Western Maryland, where a light snow melt and dry spring left the insects with fewer puddles of still water in which to breed, said Mike Cantwell, entomologist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
"It's all quiet on the western front," he said.
Similar conditions have kept the mosquitoes dormant in the rest of the Tri-State area, other insect experts said.
But all bets could be off if we get a wet and hot summer, said Charles Coffman, entomologist for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. "If it suddenly warms up, I think you'll begin to see them."