Think of the vast amount of rain we’ve received here in Victoria, TX and across the state, quite a lot right? Large amounts of rainfall not only result in property damage and flooding, but it also creates more and more places for mosquitoes to breed. Every culver, every ditch, every spare tire filled with water is another place for mosquitoes to lay hundreds, if not thousands, of eggs. It’s a quite vicious cycle, in order to lay eggs, the female mosquitoes must have a blood meal (i.e. YOU). Then once the eggs hatch, the newborn mosquitoes are immediately out looking for their first blood meal, and the cycle goes on and on. What we’re currently seeing, due to abnormal amounts of rainfall, is an incredible increase in the amount of standing, stagnant water in which mosquitoes can lay eggs, and this is cause for concern.
It appears all the rainfall is hitting at quite possibly the worst time. According to a recent article, “Early summer is the time at which many mosquito species, including aedes aegypti, start to breed.” Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been scientifically proven to spread Zika. Simply put, the warmer and hotter it is, the more mosquitoes will be out biting people. With Zika on our southern border, this is a scary revelation. More mosquitoes, specifically those with the capability of spreading Zika, are breeding and biting and this is not good news for Texans.
Although no mosquitoes in our state, so far, have tested positive for Zika, mosquito control is an extremely important factor in keeping it that way. You need to maintain your yard as to keep more mosquito breeding areas from forming. Empty out all containers which hold water within your yard, whether it’s kid’s toys, buckets or tires, you need to keep your yard from becoming a mosquito breeding frenzy. Freshly hatched mosquitoes will most often live out their lives within 200 yards of their birthplace. So, if your yard’s a breeding ground then you’re creating a problem which will stay with you for the rest of the season.