The Start of Watering Season is the Start of Mosquito Season
Warmer weather means mosquito weather. The same routine occurs every year: the weather warms up, people water their yards, mosquitos arrive and then everyone gets bit. Mosquitoes are everyone’s least favorite part about the warmer temperatures.
There are many reasons mosquitoes are around this time of the year:
- Standing water (formed after rain or watering a yard)
- Hot weather
What Regions Have the Most Mosquitoes?
Approximately four places in the world are currently mosquito-free, and one of those locations is Iceland! In North America, mosquitoes typically start to hatch in the south as temperatures warm up in spring. Marshy regions are especially prone to pesky mosquitoes. According to Climate Central, the ideal conditions for mosquitoes is between 50 - 95° F with relative humidity greater than 42%. While northern regions aren’t affected as early in the year, several cities are experiencing long mosquito seasons and others have been deemed as having mosquitoes nearly year-round.
Did you know? Certain breeds of mosquitoes even exist in the Arctic regions.
Where Do Mosquitoes Come From?
Mosquitoes born in spring or summer are a result of:
- Eggs laid before winter. Temperatures below 50 degrees, cause eggs to “freeze” and then hatch once the weather warms up. Eggs are laid in moist soil and warm spring rains create perfect conditions for hatching.
- Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Puddles and standing water rain or overwatering a yard makes are ideal for mosquitoes as they spend their first 10 days in water.
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, they also can carry diseases as well. In recent years, deaths caused by West Nile Virus and the Zika virus have been prevalent in the news. These diseases are also carried by mosquitoes:
- Heartworms (in dogs)
- Yellow fever
- St. Louis Encephalitis
Thankfully, there is hope. Mosquito prevention is best started in early spring to minimize their presence in your yard at the start of watering season:
- Mosquito traps. One study done in Australia reported that one trap caught and killed more than 44,000 mosquitoes over a two-week period.
- DEET is the best mosquito repellents on the market.
- Clean up standing water, where possible. Change out the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Allow tarps to drain water instead of holding it. Fix any leaks that could cause water to pool near your house. Fill or drain puddles in your yard.
- Keep your lawn mowed and the grass short to minimize cover for mosquitoes.
- Spray pesticides or install a misting system. You can learn more about this from the EPA.
- Natural methods for repelling mosquitoes might be just as effective, and more environmentally friendly. Planting a lavender plant or using lavender oil can keep them away. Learn more about mosquito repelling plants here.
- Burning a citronella candle can repel mosquitoes while outdoors on your deck or patio. These candles contain scents that just aren’t attractive to mosquitoes, and help to keep them away.
There are many ways to keep these annoying bugs away, but sometimes it is best to leave it to the professionals. If you find yourself struggling with mosquitoes or any other annoying insect, call The Grounds Guys to help.