With significant and frequent rainfall this year, combined with hot temperatures, the mosquito season is buzzing. Puddles of stagnant water are ideal breeding spots for the females to lay their eggs. All a female mosquito needs is a bottle cap of water to lay 100 to 200 eggs. Once the eggs are laid, they hatch into larvae within 24 to 48 hours.
Since hot air incubates viruses faster in mosquitoes, there is an increased risk catching West Nile (most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds) or the Zika Virus during warmer weather. The warmer it gets, the more efficiently they transmit the virus. In addition, warmer temperatures increase their appetite for blood meals.
Did You Know?
- Some female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in the fall, lying dormant and eventually freezing. The frozen larvae keep until the weather warms up then they hatch.
- Only female mosquitoes bite. The female needs the protein in blood to help her eggs develop.
- For the majority of mosquitoes, their activity peaks during the dusk hours.
Tips: Control Mosquito Populations on Your Property
- Make sure you drain or get rid of any standing water.
- Keep grass and vegetation cut/trim to reduce places to hide.
- Have a pest control expert treat your property.
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