With 9 plus inches of rain falling after Tropical Storm Lee’s path through Chattanooga, mosquitoes are flourishing.
Under perfect conditions, mosquitoes will emerge from their larval state within a week or so. It’s been two weeks and all species of mosquitoes have had enough time to grow from the larval
stage, called “wigglers’, to the pupae stage, called “tumblers” and finally emerging as adults. It’s these adults, specifically the females, which are biting us to draw a blood meal. The females need the proteins in blood to produce eggs in which they deposit in standing water.
“Our calls have more than doubled in the past week”, says Brad Ledford, Owner of Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga.
Eggs of Permanent pool, floodwater and container type species can endure years without water. All species are all on the rise due to dry areas now touched by previously absent water.
Reports of huge mosquito “blooms” are being reported throughout the Gulf and East Coast, where Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left a path of destruction and record amounts of rain.
To help eliminate mosquitoes, Brad Ledford of Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga offers the following strategies:
1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats. Check children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots: gutters, A/C units and flat roofs.
2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier
treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad eliminates up to 90 percent of the mosquitoes on a property.
For additional tips and information, visit www.mosquitosquad.com