Whether you love or hate the cold temperatures of winter, we probably all can agree that the absence of mosquitoes during those frigid months is a welcome relief. Now the weather is finally warming up, and even though we’re just barely getting used to spring, it’s already time to start thinking about mosquito season, and how to protect yourself from the nasty insects.
Nobody would argue that a mosquito’s bite is annoying. But they can also carry dangerous diseases that could seriously affect you, your family, and your pets. This makes it all that much more important to understand their patterns and how to block them.
When Is Mosquito Season?
Once temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, the mosquitoes go away. If you live in a place where you have a cold winter, some species of mosquitoes will hibernate through the cold months while others will lay eggs with mosquitoes that will emerge once it’s warm. As the weather warms up, the hibernating mosquitoes will come out, looking for food (aka: you), while the eggs wait for rainfall to hatch.
The height of mosquito season is during the hottest months of summer, but it begins slowly in the spring when the warmer weather begins. That means right about… now. You probably won’t notice them for a while, but in the meantime, you can do a lot to get ready for them.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Now is the time to train your eye to watch for standing water since mosquitoes will breed in almost any amount of standing water. Did your kids leave a toy on the lawn? Start training them to bring toys in now — before the summer months when the sprinklers will fill the toys with water. Look for areas in your lawn that collect water, and fill them in. Clean out your gutters so that water doesn’t collect in the debris. Be mindful of pet water dishes as well; make sure to regularly change out the water.
Check Your Window Screens
It’s almost time to throw open the windows and let the fresh air back into your house. But before you do that, take a look at all of your window screens and make sure there aren’t any tears or rips. Repair or replace the screens now, before an open window becomes an invitation for a mosquito party in your house.
Look for Cracks
Look around your foundation for cracks and leaks. While small in your eyes, these look mighty inviting to mosquitoes, so fill them in. And again, if any of the leaks could hold small pools of water, repair them.
Educate Yourself About Insect Repellent
With plenty of insect repellents on the market, how can you choose the right one for your family? A safe choice is to avoid chemicals, but can a repellent without DEET be effective? Deter Natural Insect Repellent is an all-natural alternative to DEET. 100% safe, it has been scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes, biting flies, chiggers, fleas, tick, and gnats for more than six hours. Give it a try this mosquito season.