Winter is Mother Nature’s natural mosquito population control. Every so often though, we get a warm winter, like this one, which brings mosquitoes back to our homes in a way that can only be compared to a swarm of locusts of biblical proportions.
This winter, the warmer weather has harbored mosquitoes instead of eliminating them, along with the parasites they can sometimes transmit when taking their blood meal from a host. With the expected mosquito population boost this spring and summer, there is likely to be a higher risk of mosquito-borne diseases transmitted, such as West Nile, dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and the spreading Zika virus.
How Does the Weather Affect Texas Mosquito Population?
The warmer weather allows female mosquitoes to produce more eggs for the upcoming spring and summer season. A female mosquito can lay anywhere between 100 to 300 eggs at one time, and between 1,000 to 3,000 eggs in her lifetime. A warm winter extends the environmental conditions necessary for mosquitoes to breed and produce more eggs.
Where Can Mosquitoes Be Found?
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water where they hatch into larvae, become pupas and then grow into adult mosquitoes. When freezing temperatures are scarce during the winter, mosquito larvae and pupa are able to thrive and more survive this stage of development as they prepare for spring and summer.
Here’s a simple diagram showing the mosquito life cycle:
Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in shallow, stagnant water to avoid predators. This is why it’s so important to keep your property free of stagnant water as much as possible. It doesn’t take much to create a breeding ground for these disease-carrying pests.
Here are some common places to check for stagnant water:
- Gutters – if your gutters are clogged and preventing water from flowing, it has created a prime place for mosquito breeding.
- Trays for your potted plants – these easily collect rain water or excess water that leaks out from your plants. Keep an eye on these and dump out any standing water.
- Outdoor toys – if you have kids then you probably have toys and play equipment in your backyard. Check these occasionally for water as well.
- Trash cans and recycling bins – If you don’t have a garage and keep trash cans and recycling bins outside and uncovered, they can easily become a mosquito habitat.
These are just a few places mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Take a walk around your property after it rains and find out where the water collects. This will give you an idea of what areas you need to check after a rain or storm and where you can take action to prevent water from collecting in the future.
Removing mosquito breeding environments is a great first step to limiting the mosquitoes at your home. However, even with your efforts to prevent mosquito breeding grounds, some aspects are simply out of your control. You will likely still experience the increase in the mosquito population come spring and summer due to the surrounding environment.
You can take the next step to prevent mosquitoes from intruding on your outdoor activities by using Mosquito Shield of Corpus Christi. Mosquito Shield has developed an innovative and highly effective barrier spray with natural ingredients that masks the carbon dioxide produced by humans, which mosquitoes are attracted to. Our spray kills the mosquitoes already in the area and repels future mosquitoes from your property. We are dedicated to helping you regain control of your property and keeping your spring and summer as mosquito-free as possible.
Give us a call at (361) 929-5426 to discuss a package that works best for your schedule and budget.