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
"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.