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How first freeze may effect plants and mosquitoes

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By: Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.com

At this point in the season, many of us have been to the pumpkin patch and have our mums on our front porch but as temperatures may dip below freezing Friday night, some of those fall favorites and other plants may be at risk.

Sue Champagne who is the creative director at The Farmer's Daughter in Wakefield explains, "you want to make sure that if you have anything sensitive, any annuals that will not tolerate a frost and you still want to keep them for a few more weeks, to make sure you bring them into a protected area."  Even your pumpkins should be brought inside tonight. For some, bringing your sensitive plants inside may not be an option, but there are other ways to protect your plants. Champagne continues, "you cover them with burlap, or something, you don't want to use plastic, but burlap, a sheet, or an old blanket would be great."

While the first frost of the season could be detrimental to your more sensitive plants, this is what we've been waiting for to kill off the mosquito population, but is that what's actually going to happen tonight? Al Gettman who is the Mosquito Abatement Coordinator for the Rhode Island DEM says not completely, "without question it's not going to kill all of the mosquitoes that are out there, if it's getting down into the high 20s in some portions of the state and stays there for a few hours that is going to kill some meaningful percentage of them."

With the mosquito season dying down anyway's, Gettman doesn't think it will be too long for the threat to be completely gone, "mosquito season is really near it's end but it's not finally over, it won't be until we get that really hard freeze which hopefully will happen before too many more weeks go by."

 

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