Mosquito season starts early in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina because of the favorable temperate and climate. On average, it runs from March through September. Mosquitoes love warm, humid environments and their populations can easily get out of hand.
Mosquitoes, besides being annoying pests and leaving itchy welts from their bites, also pose some serious health risks. Preventing mosquito infestations early this spring won’t just make your outdoor time more enjoyable; it’ll also keep you safe from potentially deadly diseases or illnesses.
What are Some Dangers of Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous insect on the planet. Mosquitoes feed on many different animals and people throughout the course of a day, transmitting bodily fluids between wild animals, sick people and anything else they feed on. They can carry serious diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria, and encephalitis (swelling of the brain).
Mosquitoes aren’t just deadly to humans, either. They also carry parasites such as heartworms that can be deadly to your pets. Because mosquitoes are so small, you sometimes don’t know you have been bitten until after they have flown away. The scary fact is, world wide, more than one million people die from illness transmitted by mosquitoes.
How to Practice Effective Mosquito Prevention?
The best way to prevent an infestation is to keep mosquitoes from settling into your property in the first place. However, that’s easier said than done. Mosquitoes go from egg to biting adult in 4 – 7 days, and they only need a bottlecap’s worth of stagnant water to reproduce.
Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina have a lengthy mosquito season thanks to the warm weather and humid conditions. Considering how fast mosquitoes reproduce, it is important to be diligent about your prevention measures. To prevent mosquito infestations this spring, follow these tips:
- Clear Standing Water: Check around your yard and on your property for things that are collecting water after a rain or watering your yard.
- Repair any leaking faucets.
- Dump buckets or plant pots. Fill in any low spots with dirt in your yard that turn into puddles.
- Turn wheel barrows over when not in use.
- Change the water in bird baths, animal water containers, or water features frequently.
- Keep lids on your garbage cans, also you can drill holes in the bottom to all drainage.
- Keep Your Yard Tidy: Mow your grass short and trim shrubs regularly. Mosquitoes love the shade that overgrown vegetation provides. By removing tall grass and thinning out branches, you allow more sun and air circulation to the area, making it dryer and a less attractive place for mosquitoes to hang out.
- Keep your gutters free of debris as this can clog or dam up the runoff and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Maintain Outdoor Spaces: Outdoor spaces can include anything that can retain water and create ample space for a mosquito population to thrive.
- Keep swimming pools maintained. Cover or drain your pool if it will not be used for long periods of time.
- If you have a pond you may want to consider installing a device to circulate water.
- Put a tarp or cover on your boat. Check it after a rain to make sure it isn’t sagging in spots to allow water to pool.
Along with your yard, keeping your home and yourself less enticing for mosquitoes is important.
- Check your window and door screens for holes. Repair or replace them.
- Use mosquito netting for outdoor seating areas.
- Peak hours for mosquitoes are around dawn and dusk. If unable to stay indoors, consider wearing long sleeves and long pants. If this is not practical for you, spray clothes with a repellent. This may help to temporarily deter mosquitoes from biting.
Ongoing Mosquito Control
Because of the lengthy mosquito season in the South, simple prevention steps may not be effective enough to control the population. Call the pest control professionals at Future Services, Inc. for options in eliminating mosquitoes and the ill effects they cause. Our proven method of pest control comes at an affordable price for you!