JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With the mild winter we've had, some are starting to notice mosquitoes in their homes and yard.
Luckily, seeing mosquitoes this early in the year doesn't necessarily mean we are in for a bad mosquito season, according to Dr. Tanja McKay, an associate professor at Arkansas State University.
"Even if we haven't had really those significant freezing events the temperatures still has been down enough to keep the population, so there's no development occurring," McKay said.
McKay said the issue stems from multiple days of very warm weather, even warmer than what we've been seeing in Region 8 this winter. She said in Region 8, mosquitoes are going to be a problem every year, although there are some things you can do to stop them from showing up in your home.
"You can have the smallest amount of water where an insect or mosquito can come in and start to lay eggs and that is a perfect, say a cup of water would be sufficient for mosquitoes to start developing in and coming out as adults," McKay said.
Scott Clayton with All Scapes Irrigation and Lawncare said people seeing a few mosquitoes this time of year is fairly normal, especially with the warmer weather we've had, and the big numbers will be here soon.