Ever wonder why Tennessee seems to have an extremely high population of mosquitoes? A typical season lasts from April through September, but they can start as early as March and last into October. It won’t surprise you to know that the high temperatures and high humidity in Tennessee are what produces the perfect breeding conditions for these annoying and dangerous insect pests. And, mosquitoes can breed in temperatures as low as 50°F. They can breed in all forms of standing water including as little as what can be collected in a coffee can lid. Common breeding areas also include gutters and water that collects in tire swings, loose tarps, overturned toys, kiddie pools, buckets, and mud puddles.
If you ever wondered how there can be so many mosquitoes around, it’s because from egg to adult, it only takes 7-10 days. A female mosquito will lay her eggs, and it only takes them a couple of days to hatch. The larvae stage takes only 5 days, and from there to an adult just an additional 2-3 days.
Not all mosquitoes carry disease, but some are vectors for West Nile virus, Zika, dengue fever, malaria, chikungunya, yellow fever, and encephalitis. These are serious illnesses that can become debilitating. In order to reduce the risk of these illnesses, it is important to break the chain of mosquito development. There are a few things you can do in your own backyard to help reduce the mosquito population.
Turn over or put away items in your yard that are collecting water including toys, lids, swings, tarps, pools, buckets, pails, and other items such as lawn furniture.
Fill in low areas of ground so that mud puddles are not allowed to form.
Loosen compacted soil so water can soak in.
Clear clogged gutters to allow for proper draining.
In the end, the best, most effective step to take to reduce the population of mosquitoes on your property is to call on a professional pest control service like Russell’s Pest Control in Eastern Tennessee. Our experienced technicians can keep your yard mostly mosquito-free from April to September so that you can get back outside and enjoy picnics, barbecues, parties, and other events without the fear of a plethora of mosquito bites and the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses. Our technicians will target problem areas where mosquitoes rest and breed to eliminate adult mosquitoes, thus keeping them from multiplying. We also offer One-Time Mosquito services for special occasions. Call us today at Russell’s Pest Control to find out more.