Spring is right around the corner which means short sleeves, beautiful flowers, and loads of outdoor activities. However, if you live in Texas you end up attracting some of the worst pests including mosquitoes. As soon as temperatures rise, so do our not-so-friendly neighbors. Read further to learn more about these pesky bugs.
When To Expect the Arrival of Mosquitoes
These pesky bugs can be around much more early than you expect. While April and March are generally the most common months for mosquitoes, they only need a temperature of 50 degrees to survive. In reality, they honestly never go away. Mosquito eggs can remain in still water until the temperature rises again. No matter what time of the year it is, when it is the right temperature, mosquito eggs will hatch.
Things to Look Out For
The female mosquito is on a constant prowl for the perfect place to lay her eggs. Her main spot consists of stagnant water. These bugs can lay their eggs in warm, unmoving pools that can form anywhere. Puddles, melted snow piles, gutters, buckets, birdbaths, are just a few of the possible locations you will find them nesting. Therefore, as the temperature begins to rise, it is a good practice to check your yard for any possible spots.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
Female mosquitoes are always looking for two things and that is protein and the perfect place to reproduce. The females need protein to procreate and the bad news is that this nutrient is accumulated from humans. Therefore, she will bite anything for the blood to fuel her egg production. When she has collected her blood, she can then lay anywhere from 200-300 eggs.
How Dangerous are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are known to carry extremely deadly diseases. A bite can end up transmitting one of the many known illnesses such as West Nile, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue, and Zika Virus. These diseases are prevalent in big tropical regions and can end up being more impactful after a disaster. However, diseases and viruses are not just limited to tropical regions.