Why Does Hot Weather + Heavy Rain = Mosquitos

We here at Thrive Pest Control are members of a community that cares. Since bugs are our business, our staff keeps tabs on the forecast. Our knowledge of insect reproduction is crucial in predicting what pests are and will be in the area.

Mosquitos have killed more people than any other creature on the planet. The consensus of demographers is that about 108 billion human beings have ever lived and that mosquito-borne diseases have killed close to half—52 billion people, most of them young children. July 10, 2019

For an insect that small to do so much damage is unimaginable. That fact is why Thrive Pest Control strives to oversee the mosquito population.

Luckily, Mother Nature has created predators to combat these homicidal bugs. Unfortunately, most humans are afraid of some of the creatures that try to control them. Spiders, bats, frogs, tadpoles, dragonflies, birds, and turtles are devouring mosquitos.

As inhabitants of the planet Earth, we need to give nature a boost and keep them controlled. The only avenue of keeping them from more destruction is prevention.

  • Know Your Enemy: Mosquitos need water to exist. If you have ever been to a marshy area, you know there are mosquitos, and lots of them. Why? Every benefit needed to reproduce is available in the marsh. Mosquitos need calm waters to lay their eggs. The marsh has no tide, no waves, basically no movement. Each stage of the mosquito’s maturation is dependent on water.
  • Why do they bite us? There are several reasons; the primary reason is we exhale carbon dioxide. Mosquitos are sensitive to carbon dioxide and will fly toward the source. C02 means its dinner time.

 

What does this have to do with Oklahoma? No marshes or wetlands here. True, but we do have warm weather and thunderstorms. All insects need warmth to exist. The mosquito is no different. When the weather gets hot, insect activity is high. Then comes the welcomed rain or the excitement of a thunderstorm. If you have low lying areas in your yard, water will naturally flow there. This will create puddling.

Much of the time, the water will evaporate, and all you have to contend with is the mud.  If that puddle of water stands for more than 2 or 3 days, you have created a breeding ground for mosquitos. Those nurseries are all over your property. A few locations homeowners don’t consider:

  • bird baths
  • rain barrels
  • flower pots
  • old tires
  • any trash left in your yard
  • garbage cans with no lid

 

Thrive Pest Control suggests these steps for the prevention of mosquito breeding grounds.

  • Change birdbaths at least twice a week.
  • Remove all trash from your yard.
  • Keep the lids on all refuse containers.
  • Cut the lawn to a shorter length.

 

Thrive Pest Control recognizes the threat mosquitos pose to our communities. If trying all these suggestions still hasn’t solved the problems, it is time to contact us. Thrive Pest Control will come to your property and propose solutions for eliminating the mosquitos. Our staff has safe and effective ways of taking care of the problem.  Let us take care of the mosquitos.