March: In like a lion; out like a...Mosquito?
Adult mosquitoes of some species become inactive with the onset of cool weather and enter hibernation to live through the winter. Some mosquitoes have winter-hardy eggs and hibernate as embryos in eggs laid by the last generation of females in late summer. That means those mosquito eggs are getting ready to hatch as Spring approaches!
Though most prevalent in summer, they start getting active when warm temperatures return. Mosquitoes don't typically seek indoor shelter but may accidentally enter your home. They are especially troublesome in outdoor gathering areas and near light sources after dark. They are drawn to standing water and wet debris.
Mosquitoes bite and suck blood, leaving behind itchy spots. Their biggest threat is the viruses and bacteria they can carry, including:
West Nile virus
Heartworm for pets
Because mosquitoes can lay one hundred eggs at a time, they quickly overrun residential and commercial properties, creating a dangerous and uncomfortable environment for all.
Some helpful prevention tips include:
Maintain your yard: Keep hedges and bushes trimmed, and never leave rotting wood stumps or decaying trees. Store your firewood away from your porch and siding to prevent easy entry.
Inspect and make repairs: Inspect your home for leaks, cracks, and damage and make repairs as soon as possible to avoid standing water, moist wood, or other optimal pest conditions.
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