Because of the heat in Finland disappeared mosquitoes. But their place was taken by gadflies
Due to the hot summer in Finland greatly reduced the population of mosquitoes, but other biting feel great, according to local media.
The air temperature in Europe over the weekend has approached record levels. North country experienced the hottest July in its history — in one of the cities the temperature rose to 33.7 degrees Celsius.
Because of the heat, the mosquitoes, which every summer the Finns spoil the rest of nature, has virtually disappeared from certain areas. As explains Professor at the University of Lapland Dr. Jukka Salmela, shallow ponds of Lapland, which mainly breed mosquitoes this summer mostly dried up, and female mosquitoes was nowhere to lay their larvae.
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However, the current hot conditions are ideal for breeding of flies and gadflies, the expert warns. Both of these flies are parasitic, but botflies are different in that they, having found their victim, lay their eggs under her skin; flies limit themselves to just drink the blood of warm-blooded animals, whether cattle, human or other mammal.
“It was even funny, how many there were flies,” recalls Dr. Salmela their summer trip to the community of sodankylä in Northern Lapland.
From a record hot summer has affected Finnish dairy farms — due to low hay harvest they may not have enough feed for the animals next winter, and therefore, the animals will be forced to send to the slaughter, informs the Finnish radio Yle.