With rain, comes a lot of mosquitoes. Standing water is essential for mosquito reproduction. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and in just a few short days (if the weather conditions are right), there can be up to 300 new mosquitoes. When it rains, as you can imagine, small pools of water begin to form in different areas, creating the perfect spot for mosquitoes to breed.
At Mosquito Squad , we’ve had a growth in our client numbers due to the rain. It is difficult to combat mosquitoes and rid your yard of their presence when rain continues to fall so, professional mosquito control is much needed. In some cases, we have had to increase the number of treatments for the season to fight them effectively.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, but they can bite any time of day. When we’ve had a lot of rain, we encourage our clients to take extra preventative measures when venturing outside their mosquito control protected yard. Loose long sleeved shirts and pants are a good first step (less skin to bite), but also topical mosquito spray should be applied to areas of the skin that aren’t covered. When rain and mosquito numbers are high, we usually see an increase in the number of mosquito-borne illnesses, so mosquito prevention is very important.
On another note, we came across this video recently and had to share it. We all know what mosquito bites look like long after the mosquito is gone, but have you ever seen what it looks like when it’s happening? I don’t just mean the mosquito on your skin; I mean close up underneath the skin. It’s crazy! Scientists recently took this video of what it looks like under a microscope. You can see the mosquito’s labrum curving along under the skin until it finds the blood vessel and sucks. Take a look and see what you think!
If you have any questions on mosquito control, please contact the Squad at 402-718-8848!