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Mosquito Outbreak Following Storms and Heavy Rains

Oct 05, 2022

YANIV INBAR

Mosquito Outbreak Following Storms and Heavy Rains

The season started unexpectedly and we've already had one hurricane and heavy rains in the south of the state. While we are all busy working diligently to sort the storm damages, hoping to get better days soon, mother nature has different plans for which we must prepare. Most of us do not enjoy these damp conditions, but this weather and rainfall help set mosquitos up to thrive all along.

Those little flying buzzers function best at 80 degrees F, become lethargic at 60 degrees F, and cannot function below 50 degrees F. In tropical areas, mosquitoes are active year-round. Wet weather conditions give mosquitoes bountiful opportunities to find standing water to lay their eggs on. When warm weather follows the rain (above 60 degrees F), mosquitoes can proliferate even more rapidly. 
According to DHEC, “Adult mosquitoes do not generally survive high winds associated with heavy storms but the increase in mosquito populations is expected in the following weeks after rains and flooding”The reason is that flooding causes “floodwater mosquito” eggs, which were previously laid in moist soil, to hatch. The result is very large populations of floodwater mosquitoes, most of which are considered “nuisance mosquitoes”. The Nuisance mosquitoes do not typically spread viruses that make people sick but rainfall can increase container-breeding mosquitoes that can spread diseases 2 weeks to 2 months after rains.
Although there’s nothing we can do about the rainfall, there are some preventative measures that you can take to prevent your yard and close area from being overrun by mosquitoes this season.
Where We Will Find Mosquitoes?

One of the most important steps to avoiding a mosquito outbreak on your property is to make your area less hospitable to them. Since mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water and have a quick reproductive cycle, populations of mosquitoes will hang around their breeding grounds, quickly increasing their numbers. Be sure to pour out any still water that has been collected in your yard. Look for it all over your yard, including gutters, buckets, playsets, planters, puddles, and anything else that comes to mind…

How to Protect Against Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are bound to be present wherever you walk this season, especially after storms and rainy days. Here are a few mosquito-resistance measures for wherever you are:

  1. Reduce your exposure. Mosquitoes are most active at night and dawn because direct sunshine and dry heat dehydrate them. To avoid mosquitoes, avoid untreated areas around dusk and restrict your time in the shade during the day.
  2. Put on protective clothes. Wear long sleeves and pants to cover up as much skin as possible. This can be inconvenient in the hot summer months, but mosquitoes find it considerably more difficult to bite through most textiles.
  3. Use insect repellent on your body. Look for an EPA-approved bug spray. You can apply it to your skin and clothing, but make sure to read the package for better information and safety precautions.
  4. Control your surroundings. Always keep around Eco-friendly environmental repellents when sitting in your backyard, going camping, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Safe and effective mosquito repellent inhibits the insect's scent receptors and forms a virtual shield around your close area without touching your skin or clothing.

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