An exceptionally warm spring has sprung in many parts of the United States, including Missouri. With El Nino’s effects and other out of the ordinary weather events this year, many parts of the central U.S. and Midwest have experienced unusually high winter temperatures, and are now experiencing temperatures in the ’80s and it’s barely Spring! While comfortable weather may be enjoyable for many, it can also lead to higher than normal mosquito populations in the summer – or sooner. The following guide provides simple information on how warm weather can cause a mosquito epidemic.
Some mosquitoes in the United States and Canada die off during the winter. During the late and early fall, these mosquito species lay billions of eggs in moist areas. During the spring, a combination of moisture and warm weather causes these mosquito larvae to hatch in large numbers. But some species of mosquitoes will hibernate during the winter months. During the fall, male mosquitoes will mate with any available females. After mating, the male mosquitoes will die. Female mosquitoes will remain dormant during the winter months. While they are difficult to see, they can often be found hidden under bark, in dry, protected areas, and in the ground.
In the spring, these female mosquitoes go out in search of food. In many cases this food ends up coming from a tasty, warm-blooded human. With the warm winter season, the 2012 summer will a much more intense and early mosquito season in many areas. Since mosquitoes can breed and hatch eggs in a mere few weeks, populations are expected to swell in size quickly.
It’s important to understand some of the implications of an early mosquito season. In addition to annoying mosquito bites, a high mosquito population can result in the spread of some types of diseases. While most mosquito populations in the United States are free from disease, they still can carry some risks. Diseases like malaria and West Nile virus can still pose a significant hazard to people in an area with a large population of mosquitoes.
While many people consider the mosquito to be an annoying pest, it has historically been one of mankind’s greatest threats, believe it or not. Each year, an estimated 2 to 3 million people in developing countries are killed from diseases carried by mosquitoes. Shockingly, the total number of people killed by mosquito-borne diseases to date is more than all the humans that have ever been killed in war. While most mosquito bites result in an itchy red spot, it’s important to know how dangerous some mosquito-borne illnesses can be.
If you are experiencing exceptional amounts of mosquitoes around your home or business, contact pest control company to help manage the mosquito population. While most mosquitoes don’t carry disease, it only takes one or two infected mosquitoes in a population of millions to cause a significant health hazard. A professional pest control technician can provide you with the tools you need to keep your family or employees safe.
Talk to the St. Louis pest control professionals at Bugs By Brian today about mosquito control in St. Louis and surrounding areas to get started on a prevention program before the intense mosquito season hits St. Louis. Contact us here, or our phone number is (636) 394-0101.