Typically, mosquito season in Tennessee runs from April to September, but mosquitoes can come out earlier and remain active longer. Mosquito eggs can hatch in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. But the high temperatures found here isn't what makes Tennessee a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It's all about the moisture. Let's take a look at this moisture problem and see if there are any ways we can impact the mosquito populations in our area.
Have you heard that our sister city Nashville made it onto the top 10 most mosquito-infested cities in the United States? If it wasn't for the fact that Nashville has three times the populations we have in Knoxville, it could have been us on that list. There isn't a whole lot of difference between there and here. The warm summers and frequent high humidity makes Middle Tennessee an ideal location for mosquitoes to thrive. Add to this all the rain we typically get, and you have the perfect recipe for mosquito reproduction! Why? Because many species of mosquito breed in stagnant water.
How It Works
Mosquitoes look for pools of stagnant water to breed in, and it doesn't take much water for them to reproduce. They don't need the raging waters of a flash flood running down Francis road, or streaming through the parking lot of Taco Bell. All those mosquitoes need is a half cup of water. They can breed in a clogged gutter or in rainwater collected in a tire swing. All they need is about an inch of still water to get the job done!
Once mosquitoes have laid their eggs in a suitable water source, those eggs may hatch in a few days or lay dormant a few months, depending on the climate. Larvae hatch from their eggs and go through 4 instars (development stages) which take about 5 days. From the 4th instar, larvae become pupae and develop into adult mosquitoes over a 2 to 3 day period. In about 7 to 10 days, eggs laid by mosquitoes can develop into adult, egg-laying mosquitoes, depending on the exact species. These adult mosquitoes can then contract and spread West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, tularemia, Zika, and several forms of encephalitis.
If you break the development cycle of mosquitoes, you can prevent them from becoming adults and stop them from growing the mosquito population in your area. One way to do this is to find containers in your yard that can collect rainwater (toys, tools, wheelbarrows, bird baths, plant pots, etc.) and empty them out. If you see a kiddie pool, which isn't being used, turn it over so it won't collect rainwater. If you have compacted soil that allows rainwater to pool, loosen the soil to let that water soak in. Rake leaves up to prevent them from creating a compacted bed for rainwater collection. Check your gutters and remove any clogs. Turn lawn chairs over to prevent water from pooling in the seats. If you have a tire swing, consider poking a hole in the bottom of the tire to let the water drain out. Any condition in your yard that allows rainwater to collect can provide a source for mosquito reproduction.
For the best results possible, consider investing in seasonal mosquito treatments. When you have a licensed professional treat your yard from April to September, not only will you have assistance from an educated professional on what conditions in your yard allow mosquito breeding, you'll get targeted treatments to stop mosquitoes in their tracks. These treatments don't just work to eliminate adult mosquitoes that are currently on your property. A residual is left in mosquito-resting places so that mosquitoes that visit your property between visits are eliminated. And, since it takes time for new mosquitoes to replace the mosquito that have been eliminated in your yard, you have the benefit of enjoying your yard without being accosted by these harmful insects.
For assistance with Seasonal Mosquito Treatments or One-Time Mosquito Service for a special occasion such as a family reunion, pool party, wedding reception, BBQ, graduation, bonfire, or other outdoor event, reach out to Russell's Pest Control. Our team has a proven track record for mosquito control! Learn more about one-time mosquito service by contacting us here or get up to speed on Seasonal Mosquito Treatments by clicking here.
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