The southeast is home to states with warm climates, which means that mosquitoes are a common problem. Mosquito season typically begins in March or April and peaks around June to August. The season ends around October, once temperatures begin to drop.
A few factors can impact the sand finish of mosquito season, including the weather, the amount of rainfall, and the presence of standing water. If the weather is wet and warm, then mosquito season can start earlier and last longer.
There are many things you can do to protect yourself from mosquitoes before the season ends. These include:
- Wearing long sleeves and pants when you are outdoors
- Using insect repellent that contains DEET
- Avoiding areas where mosquitoes are common
- Draining standing water around your home
If you are bitten by a mosquito, it is important to clean the bite area with soap and water. You may also want to apply over-the-counter insect bite cream to help relieve the itching and reduce the urge to scratch at it, causing further irritation.
Here are some additional tips to help you lessen the population of mosquitoes in your home or yard:
- Keep windows and doors closed
- Install screens on your windows and doors
- Empty birdbaths or other containers of standing water on a weekly basis
- Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly
- Plant mosquito-repelling plants, such as citronella, lavender, and marigolds
If you follow these tips and are still seeing large populations of mosquitoes, give your local mosquito control a call today for a free inspection.