In Georgia, the normal mosquito season will run from March through to October. With January rain totals well above normal across the Southeast, it is a good time to take inventory of where
standing water is, and what can be done to eliminate it.
Are you one of the people that these little pests just love? You have started to plan all the events for your family and friends around the backyard that you have worked so hard to keep green and beautiful. You want fun pool parties, BBQs, and children’s playdates for your family and guests, not the biting, itching and discomfort of many mosquito bites. Just as you have taken the time to get your yards beautiful to the eye, now it’s also time to get ahead of mosquito season. Even though we probably never will be able to fully eradicate these pests from our planet, there are ways we can learn to deal with them. Let’s take a closer look at some facts you may not know about these little pests!
- GROWING UP: The mosquito can complete its life cycle from egg to adult in as little as 4 days, though most mosquitoes grow from egg to adult in about 2 weeks.
- TIME TO BITE: After only two days as an adult, a female mosquito is able to bite.
- LIFESPAN: Most male mosquitoes only live for two weeks. Female mosquitoes often live up to a month or more, but they can certainly cause a lot of problems during that short time!
- FEMALE MOSQUITOES: Only the female mosquito bites people and animals to draw blood and obtain protein to properly develop her eggs. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at one time.
- DISEASES: Mosquitoes carry diseases like Zika Virus, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
- WATER WORLD: In one way or another, mosquitoes’ lives revolve around a water source. All mosquitoes require water during their egg, larval, and pupal stages for maturation. As an adult, the female lays her eggs in the water.
- SPECIES: There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes. 63 of these species live in Georgia and are still biting.
How Can I Prepare for Mosquito Season?
Combat mosquitoes and other pests by following these simple tips and tricks.
- Cut grass and shrubs short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas.
- Keep your yard weed-free and avoid overgrown vegetation.
- Keep swimming pools clean, and properly circulating.
- Regularly empty ponds, bird baths, fountains, plant pots, buckets, or anywhere else that water may gather.
- Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans, or recycling bins so water drains out.
- Clean out gutters to avoid standing water and examine them for any damage that would cause water to collect.
- Check sprinkler heads in your sprinkler system for leaks and standing water.
- Check outdoor faucets for leaks.
Whether it’s just nuisance-biting behavior or the mosquitos are transmitting disease-causing pathogens, precautions should be taken. Lastly, residents should make sure all screens are in place and in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from getting into our homes as we open windows again. Prevention can go a long way in avoiding mosquitoes around our homes and neighborhoods.
Mosquito Control in Georgia
At Active Pest Control, we provide comprehensive pest control services to help keep insects away from your home in the spring and all year round. If you’re not able to enjoy your outdoor space because of swarming insects, we can help. We’ve been exterminating pests in Active Pest Control for over 45 years. Contact us today for your free quote.
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