Why Do Tires Make Such a Great Mosquito Breeding Ground?

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg - Clearwater

When mosquito season comes around the talk of standing water and its removal is always a #1 topic. It’s time to clean up the winter storm debris, make sure your bird baths aren’t full of old dirty water, and tip out flower pots that have been ignored through the colder weather. And the tires… don’t forget the tires.

Tires most definitely collect water, but why are they always called out ahead of other things? There are a few reasons. First, think about the shape of a tire, the inner lip specifically. Getting all the water out of a tire is close to impossible. No matter how you turn and twist, a little bit continues to follow that inner circle to the other side and never quite drips out. Some mosquitoes require just the tiniest amount of water to breed.

Second, think about where you find old tires. They are often found lying outside of someone’s garage or possibly the back of a business or warehouse. So here you have these old tires, around businesses and homes, that probably still have water in them. The Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito and the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever) mosquito both thrive in urban areas and around the home. They are also container breeders so old tires are just the environment they are looking for. Each of these mosquitoes transmits diseases that include dengue, yellow fever, Zika, eastern equine encephalitis, and yellow fever.

Toss the Tires

Tires hold water and attract mosquitoes that carry disease. There is just no reason to keep them around. This is the same conclusion that a company named Copart came to after taking ownership of a property that had been a tire disposal location. With over 36 acres covered in tires, the area was not only a fire hazard, but complaints from San Antonio residents of the mosquito population had plagued state agencies.

After just 5 months of ownership, Copart had this area cleaned up and is now able to expand its vehicle storage company. Randy Racine, Copart associate general counsel, told AutoRemarketing.com, “After taking ownership of the property this year, we immediately and permanently resolved a seemingly intractable safety and environmental issue to the benefit of South San Antonio residents and Texas as a whole, and we’re glad to have turned this former environmental headache into an environmental success story.” We would all do good to follow Copart’s example by removing and recycling used tires when they are no longer any use to us.

Cleaning up and removing tires or any other container that can become a mosquito habitat needs to be a habit that is taken seriously. Mosquito-borne illness is on the rise and every able person needs to do their part in fighting it. At Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas, we urge our residents to do all that they can in his or her own yard to keep the mosquitoes at bay. It doesn’t only affect your family, but growing the mosquito population at one’s home will filter out into the community. Call us today to find out how we can help in your mosquito control efforts.