Mosquitoes become active when the temperature rises over 50 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis, and survive when the temperature rises beyond 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Their preferred environment is damp and humid, and their populations and activity skyrocket in warm, rainy places, making Alabama a great breeding site. The climate of a place influences mosquito season.
Mosquito season runs from March to September across most of Alabama; but, because of the more humid environment near the Gulf coast, mosquito season starts a little earlier in February and lasts a little longer until November. The mosquito period runs most of the year, regardless of where you live in the state.
Around 60 distinct mosquito species may be found in Alabama. Mosquitoes are notorious for developing pesticide resistance, making mosquito control challenging. Mosquitoes are disease vectors, which means they may pass diseases from one person or animal to another.
Malaria, Zika virus, chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and other diseases are all spread by mosquitos. Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood, so you only have to worry about the females. Females require blood supplies in order to prepare to deposit eggs.
While mosquito control is complicated, there are certain things you can do to keep mosquitoes from spoiling your time outside. Here are a couple of mosquito control tips you can do:
Keep Your Yard And Pool In Good Condition
Mosquitoes can reproduce in the water trapped by debris and leaves that accumulate in your yard. Remove any leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris from the yard. Consider including an element that keeps the water flowing in your pond. This helps in the prevention of mosquito egg hatching. If you have a pool, make sure it is maintained properly.
Remove Any Standing Water
Mosquitoes reproduce in and around standing water, and a small amount is all they need. Drain water from birdbaths, pet bowls, buckets, old tires, and any other items that may store water to minimize water pooling around your property.
Clean Your Gutters
Mosquitoes can breed in clogged gutters and drains because debris and leaves accumulate enough water. Make sure to keep debris out of gutters and drains. To help avoid blockages, consider adding gutter guards.
Avoid Getting Bitten
Mosquitoes are most active in the morning and evening, while certain species are active all day. Wear long pants and long sleeves if you must be outside at this time. Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep less heat and make you less appealing to mosquitoes. Spray repellant generously on your clothing and apply it sparingly on your skin.
Keep Them Away From Your Home.
Mosquitoes can come in through open windows and doors. During mosquito season, try to keep outdoor doors and windows closed as much as possible. Ensure the screens on your windows and doors are in good condition and replace them as needed.
Take action even before mosquitoes start making a breeding site in your yard or home. Follow these simple steps to keep your home free from mosquitoes or you can let the pros do it for you. Call Bama Exterminating to help you get rid of mosquitoes!