Mosquitoes are always a pest problem from March through October in the East Cooper area. From October 2015 through October 2016, East Cooper residents saw record rainfall amounts from tropical storms and hurricane Matthew. These storms have created ideal conditions for temporary breeding sites for mosquitoes. Flooding in wooded areas, standing water in drainage ditches and yards, and pooling water in lakes or ponds provide the perfect environment for mosquitoes eggs to hatch. Mosquitoes can potentially breed in jammed gutters, tree stumps, hollows in tree branches, bird baths, kiddie pools, garbage cans, empty pots, or anything that may hold water around your home.
Mosquitoes become a major problem when they transfer diseases like West Nike virus, yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus to humans. Because the adult female mosquito needs a blood meal before she can lay her eggs, she may transfer these diseases when she feeds on humans or other animals. She will then lay several hundred eggs on or near water. The eggs will most likely hatch in 3-5 days.
Inspection and elimination of potential breeding areas will control the majority of the mosquito problems around your home. During the heat of the day, adult mosquitoes will rest on the undersides of the leaves of trees and shrubs that surround your home. Insecticides can be applied to those areas to manage mosquito populations around your home.