Spring is many people’s favorite season. You get to get out of the house, shed your sweaters, and enjoy the decent temperatures before summer weather hits the south. But with spring comes the inevitable: those dreary spring showers. And with the heavy rainfall comes an influx of everyone’s favorite pests: mosquitoes. Before you head outside to get your fill of sunshine, be sure to read these mosquito facts to keep you safe and bite-free.
In the house: If your kids have a tendency to leave the doors open when they come in and out, chances are you’re going to end up with a mosquito problem. Anywhere they can find to squeeze into your home, they will. So make sure you keep all windows and doors closed, especially during the warmer months and after rainfall.
In the yard: Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so if your home is near ponds, marshes, or you have a pool, you’re more likely to have a mosquito problem. They also like to rest in thick vegetation and wait for a host to come near them. Make sure you keep your lawn groomed, and you cover your pool, bird bath, or any other areas of standing water whenever you’re not using it to keep the bugs from reproducing.
Mosquitoes don’t just go around biting people for fun. The females actually need your blood in order to produce eggs – thousands of eggs, in fact. This is because your blood is full of protein and iron. Basically, you’re like a big, walking vitamin for female mosquitos. Don’t worry though, not all mosquitoes primarily feed on humans. They also feed on birds, mammals, and reptiles, so you might not be their main target for the day.
There’s no calendar that marks the beginning and end of mosquito season – it all depends on what region of the United States you live in. For us here in Georgia, mosquito season begins in early March, when the temperatures start to stay at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The hotter and more humid, the better for mosquitoes. So even though we have a fairly long mosquito season, at least it’s not as bad as our friends’ in Florida!
Any mosquito infestation is a serious one. No one wants to have to deal with a large number of pests living on their property, especially mosquitoes. Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, they can also transmit several dangerous illnesses like Zika virus and West Nile virus. Even though contracting one of these diseases is not that likely, it’s better not to roll the dice on if the next mosquito bite you get will make you sick or not.
Prevention can help squash a mosquito problem. The best thing you can do is to always take preventative measures before you find yourself with a bigger problem than what you started with. If you can’t seem to control the mosquitoes in your yard with these prevention tips, then it’s time to call in the professionals.
Mosquito treatments are vital in keeping those pesky little bugs out of your yard. Don’t let them suck the life out of you this spring; give our team at Bug House a call! Our mosquito treatments will get rid of them once and for all so you can enjoy your yard without all of the buzzing and biting.