Why Mosquitoes Are Common After Storms

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Mosquitoes are always a problem in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. The geography and warm, humid climate provide excellent conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes require a moist environment to lay their eggs. However, not all types of mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs.

Floodwater mosquitoes deposit their eggs on moist ground, which may dry out. The eggs may also dry out but can survive for several months. When rains or floodwaters moisten the soil, the larvae develop and hatch about seven days later. Up to 1.3 million eggs of floodwater mosquitoes can be present in an acre of land. Species include Culex nigripalpus, one of the most significant mosquito disease vectors. 

Permanent-water mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. If the eggs are deprived of water, they cannot hatch. However, those in water can hatch after 24 hours. Open gutters, flower pots, old tires, children’s toys, birdbaths and even tree holes provide enough water for larvae to mature. Species include those of the Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes. These species carry several diseases, including West Nile virus. 

During a rain, flowing water may wash away existing larvae. However, after a storm, water may pool in lawns, driveways or other areas, creating conditions that allow larvae to mature. After a rain, check your yard for places where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Even a few inches of water is enough for eggs to hatch. Empty birdbaths. Remove flower pots, children’s wading pools, piles of leaves and other sources of standing water. 

Importance of Mosquito Control

Florida is home to 80 species of mosquitoes. Of these, 33 species found throughout the state are considered pests to humans and animals. Thirteen species are disease vectors, transmitting viruses including West Nile, Zika, dengue, St. Louis encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis and chikungunya. Some, like chikungunya, cause flu-like symptoms but are not usually life-threatening. Others, like EEE, can result in death.

Mosquitoes cannot thrive when the breeding cycle is interrupted. There are several things homeowners can do to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Integrated pest management techniques combine common sense, removal of breeding grounds and use of biological and chemical agents to keep mosquito populations in check. Reducing mosquito populations reduces the risk of disease transmittal from these insects.

Professional Mosquito Control

B and B Exterminating Company uses integrated mosquito management techniques to locate the breeding places of mosquitoes, identify the species present and eradicate both eggs and adult mosquitoes. We help you eliminate breeding grounds. We evaluate the mosquito problem on your property and provide recommendations for mosquito control, including long-term management to control re-infestation. 

We provide free evaluations and quotes. We make sure you understand our recommendations and work with you to devise a pest elimination program that is compatible with your lifestyle. Our goal is 100 percent customer satisfaction.