Have you ever wondered why mosquitos are worse after it rains? They are not attracted to the actual rain. These blood-sucking, buzzing pests love moisture and humidity. Storms leave pools of water in various places such as the ground, pots, buckets, toys, old tires, and birdbaths. These puddles can soon become stagnant, creating an ideal breeding ground for pesky mosquitos.
Many types of mosquitoes lay their eggs in these stagnant pools of water. Some mosquitos even lay their eggs in dry places that typically collect water, like the sides of a bucket, and need water to be activated. If allowed to mature, the eggs will hatch and young adult mosquitos will leave the water in 7 to 10 days, ready to leave their victims with itchy welts.
How Can You Prevent Mosquitos?
If possible, the best way to prevent a mosquito bite is to stay indoors when mosquitos are most active. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Depending on the species, time may vary. If you must be outside while they are active, take precautions to protect yourself. Wear long sleeves and long pants and use an EPA-approved insect repellent.
- Empty any objects holding stagnant water. Mosquitos only need a capful of water to reproduce successfully!
- Make sure your landscaping isn’t leaving areas where water can collect and become stagnant.