Mild Winters and Excess Precipitation Means More Mosquitoes in Bluffton, SC, in 2020

Author: Mosquito Squad of Savannah - Hilton Head

When you’re wondering the extent to which the mosquito population can boom here in Bluffton, it can potentially increase exponentially, year over year. While you may think last year’s mosquito population was horrid, consider our recent winter weather cycle. We experienced a mild winter, which was filled with precipitation. These two elements are perfect for increased mosquito breeding. Warm weather and standing water will absolutely result in an increased mosquito population. It is a relatively simple equation.

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With all the baseline metrics meeting the qualifying standards for an increased mosquito population, it is highly recommended to remain vigilant. By this, we intend to iterate the message that homeowners should remain proactive rather than reactive. Whether you’re tackling your mosquito control yourself or you’re calling the professionals, it pays to be proactive. Make sure you remove any standing water on your property. This goes for clogged gutters, as well. Flip over those toys, tarps and other elements in your yard that could hold water for an extended duration.

While you may have seen them before, we highly recommend observing and enacting the seven “T’s” of mosquito control in Bluffton, SC, and surrounding areas:

  • Tip: Get rid of standing water in your outdoor spaces. Standing water may be in your child’s plastic toys, areas underneath downspouts, plant saucers, or dog bowls. Other areas may include traps, gutters, and flat roofs.
  • Toss: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood, and grass-clippings from your yard.
  • Turn: Turn over larger yard items that could hold water, like children's portable sandboxes, plastic toys, or birdbaths.
  • Remove Tarps: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren't taut, they may be holding water that you should remove.
  • Take Care: Take care of home maintenance needs that can lead to standing water. This includes cleaning out gutters, making sure downspouts are adequately attached, keeping your grass cut low, and check irrigation systems for leaks.
  • Team Up: Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking to neighbors is a crucial component to mosquito and tick control. Homes with little space between lots can mean that mosquitoes breed at a neighbor’s house and affect your property.
  • Treat: Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around your home and yard.

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With all the conditions set for an early start to an increased mosquito population in Bluffton, South Carolina, as well as the surrounding areas, call the professionals now. By starting your season-long mosquito control earlier in the season you’ll see a greater rate of mosquito reduction that lasts. If we’re able to “nip it in the bud” early in the season, you will have a mosquito-free yard all season long.

Call Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head today at (912) 348-8247 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!