Warm weather is on its way here in Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas. And while most thoughts turn to summer fun and the packing up of bulky winter clothes, there’s a nagging voice somewhere behind all those rosy, warm weather thoughts. If you listen closely, you can make out what that voice is saying: “Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes!” It feels like just as soon as you sit down under the warm sun for that first sip of an ice-cold drink, you’re itching at a newly-formed bump on some hard-to-reach place on your arm or leg.
Think of Action Pest Control as the protectors of your warm weather fun. We’re here to provide mosquito control so you can rest and recline in itch-free ease. But we’re also here to arm you with some info to help understand and stay on top of your mosquito problem before it gets out of control. This info comes back to one central theme: Pay attention to the weather. If you do, you’ll know when to expect mosquitoes and what steps you can take to keep them from breeding on your property.
When you see rain, think “mosquitoes.” You know those summers where it just seemed like the mosquitoes were out of control? We’ll bet they were preceded by particularly rainy springs. The truth is, mosquitoes love standing water. That’s where they lay their eggs. Give a female mosquito one-inch-deep water, and she’ll introduce you to 100-200 of her children. They start out as eggs, and hatch into mosquito larvae within 24-48 hours. Now, while it’s tempting to think that continued rain will knock those eggs away, mosquitoes aren’t dumb. They’ll actively seek out relatively undisturbed places where water pools, like the inside of an old tire. Before and after a rainstorm, be sure to locate those areas as best you can and take steps to get rid of them.
If water is the first half of the equation, warmth is the second half. Add them together and they add up to more mosquito bites than you can count. If the weather is warm and moist, mosquitoes come out to play in droves. They’re typically most active when temperatures rise above 80 degrees. If temperatures happen to climb too high, it’s true that mosquito activity does die down. But this excessive heat makes any diseases the mosquitoes may be carrying more active and easily transmissible. So while mosquito activity goes down in excessive temperatures, danger from mosquitoes goes up. Warm nights are where you want to watch out the most. Temperatures tend to hover in that “balmy but not too hot” zone, bringing the bloodsuckers out in full force.
“But it’s not excessively hot!” you exclaim. “For the past few months, it’s been excessively cold! The mosquitoes must have frozen and died!” We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but mosquitoes don’t die in the cold temperatures. They simply go dormant when temperatures drop below 50 degrees. But this winter season isn’t their first rodeo, despite how cold it’s been. For the most part, mosquitoes have the adaptations necessary to help them lay low in the cold, and thaw out in full force when temperatures heat back up.
If you want to stay one step ahead, you can give Action Pest Exterminating a call at 704-269-4162. We’re on hand to help you get the most out of the warm weather once it (finally) arrives with professional pest control you can trust.