The snow has melted and winter is long gone, but Old Man Winter
isn't done with our area yet. Mosquitoes are back- with a
vengeance. The unusually moist ground combined with the warm spring
temperatures have created the perfect breeding ground for
mosquitoes. Our offices from Atlanta to Dallas are being inundated
with calls from customers requesting one of our seasonal mosquito
treatments, and it is only May!
Mosquitoes are active from dusk until dawn, and will travel a
long distance for a blood meal, up to 14 miles. In addition to the
itchy, red bumps we're used to receiving from mosquitoes, they can
also spread diseases, such as West Nile Virus and malaria.
Mosquitoes love to breed in areas with stagnant water, such as
birdbaths, old tires, storm drains and wading pools. Once
mosquitoes lay eggs, it only takes 10-14 days for them to mature
Here are some suggestions to prevent mosquitoes from ruining
your spring fun:
- Eliminate sources of standing water or replace standing water
once a week.
- Screen windows and doors with mesh to prevent mosquitoes from
getting inside homes.
- Be alert when going outdoors during dusk or dawn, when
mosquitoes are at their peak.
- Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting
garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home
where pests can breed or nest.