Old Man Winter’s Effects “Spring Up” in an Early Mosquito Season
While Old Man Winter may be gone, his wicked ways still haunt homeowners and this year will cause mosquitoes to make an early and strong return. According to Arrow Exterminators pest expert Shay Runion, the unusually moist ground from heavy rains in March, combined with the warmer than normal spring temperatures, have provided the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Large numbers of mosquitoes have already been spotted across the southern United States -- from Atlanta to Dallas. Arrow Exterminators has also received earlier than normal calls requesting seasonal mosquito treatments, and encourages homeowners to prepare their yards and homes now for the mosquito invasion.
Mosquitoes are arguably the most notorious summer pests. Active from dusk until dawn, mosquitoes will travel up to 14 miles to feed on human blood. Mosquitoes often leave behind itchy, red bumps on the skin of their victims. More seriously, they can also spread diseases, most notably West Nile Virus and malaria.
Mosquitoes breed in areas with stagnant water, such as birdbaths, old tires, storm drains and wading pools. Once mosquitoes lay eggs, it only takes 7-10 days for them to mature into adults in these prime conditions leading to more mosquitoes sooner.
“Many people don’t realize that a few simple changes can prevent a yard from becoming mosquito central,” said Runion.
Arrow Exterminators suggests taking the following steps to combat mosquitoes this spring and summer:
- Eliminate sources of standing water or replace standing water once a week.
- Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to a home pond.
- 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.
- Use insect repellent containing (DEET) on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.
- When outdoors, wear shoes, especially in grassy areas.
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where pests can breed or nest.
Arrow protects homes from mosquitoes with the STEPS™ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and help prevent any future recurrence.