Beat The Bite: Mosquito Season Is Upon Us

As the warm breeze of spring and summer rolls in, North Carolina and Tidewater Virginia become vibrant with outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the season also marks the return of our buzzing adversaries – mosquitoes. These tiny, persistent insects can turn a peaceful evening into an itchy nightmare. Beyond their irritating bites, mosquitoes pose a health threat, carrying diseases like West Nile and Zika. Let’s talk about where they come from, the common types found in these states, and effective ways to keep them at bay.

The Source of the Swarm

Mosquitoes are drawn to moist environments, where stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for their eggs. In regions with high humidity, they thrive particularly well. Common breeding grounds include birdbaths, puddles, clogged gutters, kiddie pools, and even bottle caps left outdoors that collect water.

Meet the Mosquitoes

In Eastern North Carolina and the Tidewater Virginia areas, you’ll commonly encounter three main types of mosquitoes:

  1. House Mosquito (Culex pipiens): These are known carriers of the West Nile virus. They’re most active at dusk and dawn, preferring to rest during the day.
  2. Marsh Mosquito (Aedes sollicitans): Aggressive day-biters, they are known vectors for Zika and Dengue fever. They’re easily recognizable by their black and white markings.
  3. Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus): Often found near bodies of water, they are potential carriers of malaria. They prefer dawn and dusk for feeding.

DIY Tips for Mosquito Control

To effectively keep mosquitoes at bay, consider these DIY strategies:

  1. Eliminate Standing Water:
    • Trim tall grasses and remove yard debris.
    • Cover or store items that collect water (e.g., baby pools, buckets).
  2. Use Screens and Nets: Install mosquito screens on windows and doors. For an extra layer of protection, use bed nets, particularly in high-risk areas.
  3. Natural Repellents: Plants like citronella, lavender, and marigold can deter mosquitoes. Applying natural oils like eucalyptus and lemon can also act as repellents.
  4. Wear Protective Clothing: Long sleeves and pants help minimize exposed skin. Light-colored clothing is also less attractive to mosquitoes.
  5. Optimize Outdoor Lighting: Yellow bug lights are less attractive to mosquitoes than traditional white lights. Consider switching your outdoor lighting to these alternatives.

Beat the Bite with Terminix Mosquito Control

While DIY methods can help reduce mosquito populations, they may not always suffice for more extensive infestations. For comprehensive mosquito control and a pest-free home, contact Terminix to schedule a free home pest inspection. Let the experts ensure your outdoor enjoyment is bite-free all season long.