Therefore, mosquito control in Minneapolis has gone from something you should do to something you really must do. As harsh as that may sound, it’s a reality. Mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the Zika Virus and West Nile Virus, are on the rise in the United States and so is the mosquito season. WCCO, the local CBS news station in Minneapolis, reports that according to pest control companies the calls for mosquito spray came early this year. And as we can all atest to, the mosquitoes are just hitting their stride now, in August, they are more plentiful than ever.
Climate Change and Mosquitoes
We have been told of the many effects of climate change on the earth for years now, but have you ever considered how mosquitoes factor in? Since the 1980’s temperatures and humidity levels have been on the rise in the United States. Mosquitoes love warmth and moisture, so they’ve begun to stick around longer. Minnesota Public Radio reports of a study done by Climate Central concerning the rise of the mosquito season. The study shows that 76% of major U.S. cities have seen an increase in days of the mosquito season. Minneapolis ranks 3rd in the top 25. THIRD! With an increase of 34 days over the past 36 years. It’s no wonder the mosquito is our unofficial state bird!
Mosquitoes Carry Disease
This, of course, isn’t new information. And now we have to consider that with a longer mosquito season the risk of contracting one of these diseases can be higher. West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne illness reported in Minnesota, but with Zika, EEE and LaCrosse Encephalitis in the mix, we have a multitude of reasons for mosquito prevention.
Protect Yourself All Season
When you live in an area where the weather report includes a mosquito report, keeping your yard, your family, and yourself protected is something you want to take seriously. Bug spray with Deet or other proven repellent and protective clothing should always be used when you are in untreated areas on high mosquito risk days.
Also, consider your surroundings and follow the 5Ts of mosquito control. Share these with your neighbors to promote mosquito control on a larger scale. And as you let the thought of mosquito season being more than a month longer than it used to be sink in, look to us at Mosquito Squad of Twin Cities for our season-long mosquito control service. Our barrier spray system will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes living in your yard immediately, with a time released system that continues to work for 2-3 weeks. With our seasonal program, a trained technician will return to spray every 2-3 weeks as needed. Now all you have to do is go outdoors and enjoy! Call us today.