After a warmer than usual winter and an early rainy season, mosquitoes are out in full force in Georgia right now.
Mosquitoes breed best in humid and wet climates, especially in locations with ample standing water. We can expect to see a dramatic increase in the mosquito population as temperatures and humidity levels rise.
Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, offers these tips to help you prepare for and avoid mosquitoes this season:
- Make sure all windows and doors in your home are closed tightly and that screens are well-sealed to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
- Avoid working or playing outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- When you are outdoors, wear insect repellant that includes DEET as an active product.
- Discard water on a weekly basis from any item in your back yard such as toys, bird baths, pools and potted plants.
- Clear gutters and drains to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.
“When enough rainwater floods an area, mosquito eggs hatch and larvae develop into adults rapidly, taking flight in a matter of days,” said Adam Jones, VP of Quality Assurance at Massey Services. “It’s best to prepare your home and backyard now to prevent mosquito infestations.”
There are more than 50 species of mosquitoes in Georgia alone, several of which are capable of transmitting diseases in animals. Although mosquito-borne diseases don’t currently pose a threat to humans in Georgia, the risk of infection is always apparent. If you suspect you have a mosquito infestation at your home or want to protect it from future attacks, call a professional service for accurate control methods.