Forest fire in northern Sweden

Concern Over Fires, Mosquitoes, Drought

The recent spell of dry weather is having both positive and negative effects in the world of nature here.

On the positive side, while just a couple of weeks ago it looked like it might be a record year for ticks, the spider-like bloodsuckers who spread illnesses like TBE and Borrelia or Lyme Disease, now they seem to have gone into warm weather hibernation here.

On the other hand, it looks to be a big year for mosquitoes. Researchers say in some cases they are trapping more in a single night as during a typical summer.

There are a number of forest fires, and the lack of recent rain and winter snow is causing a drought for farmers. Some towns have banned outdoor watering, and barbecues and other open fires are no longer permitted in public places in Stockholm and many other areas.

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