In our warm South Carolina climate, mosquitoes are most active from March through October. Mosquito activity typically peaks during the warm summer months. However, depending on rainfall and temperatures in any given year, mosquitoes might be active for a longer period of time or activity might begin to peak sooner than summer. This looks to be the case this year. With our higher than average rainfall this winter and warmer than average temperatures this spring, mosquito season is off to a buzzing start. It’s important to treat mosquito season seriously as the annoying itchy bites are really the least of worries with mosquitoes. They can carry serious illnesses like West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and can cause heartworm in our pets. Here are some tips on what you can do about all those darn mosquitoes.
Prevent mosquitoes by addressing the standing water they need to breed and other issues that help them thrive.
1. Clear out leaves and debris from your gutters
2. Cover or store away furniture that can collect stagnant water
3. Insulate and screen windows and doors to help keep mosquitoes out of your home
4. Clean your swimming pool regularly
5. Fill in holes or low areas that collect standing water
6. Remove any standing water from your property
7. Clean out bird baths daily
8. Use bug lights to help kill mosquitoes before they can get into your home
9. Call The Pest Force for professional mosquito treatment to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property
Mosquitoes can be dangerous and carry serious illnesses that can be transmitted to humans and pets. It’s important to take mosquito control seriously. Mosquitoes require standing or stagnant water to breed. By eliminating standing or stagnant water, you can help eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you have a pool, cleaning it daily and moving the water around will help keep it from becoming a mosquito nursery. And of course, don’t forget to call The Pest Force for professional mosquito treatment for your home and property to prevent as many of these pests from bugging you as possible. If you have questions about our mosquito control services, just give us a call!