Even in Drought Years… if the Rain Comes, the Mosquitoes Will Too

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg - Clearwater

Be sure to dump out water containers, pull your tarps tight, check your yard for standing water because this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. This is the information that we’ve been given: standing water, even the tiniest bit, is mosquito breeding ground. So it stands to reason that if it’s dry out, we don’t have much to worry about. Wrong!! Apparently, some mosquitoes like to lay their eggs near the water. This is a bit of a game changer.

New Study Changes What We Thought We Knew

Nathan Burkett-Cadena from the University of Florida recently conducted a study using as many species of the Culex mosquito as he could gather.

It was commonly thought that most varieties of the Culex genus would lay their eggs in little rafts on the top of standing water. However, in Cadena’s study, he found these little pests were laying their eggs just above the water or near the water. Basically, they were in places that would “eventually” become wet.

The CDC supports this mosquito behavior with its report on the lifecycle of the Aedes species of mosquito, which will also lay eggs in containers that are likely to become wet. The eggs will stick to the sides of a container, not hatching until the water rises to cover the eggs. The really crazy part here is these little eggs are strong and stubborn. They can survive for up to 8 months, through drought or even the cold. But once the water hits and covers the egg it is game on. Out come the baby mosquitoes.

Be Prepared to Treat

This new study shows us that just because it’s dry if a rain hits, control agencies will need to be ready. The eggs are still there and ready to hatch, possibly in waves instead of all at once since rising water will likely soak the eggs at different times.

At Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas, we have a better approach for you at home. Continued, routine barrier spray. Why wait to see if the rain is coming only to be suddenly surrounded by a new flock of freshly hatched mosquitoes? Our barrier spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact, but it’s time released formula also continues to work for up to three weeks. Our technicians return again and again all season long. This way the weekly weather forecast means nothing to you when it comes to mosquito protection. You know you are protected rain or shine. Schedule the first of many appointments and let us be concerned about the mosquito eggs since you never really wanted to in the first place.