Breeding conditions have been ideal for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. If you think you started getting bites earlier than normal this year, you’re right. Tiger Mosquitoes usually start showing up in Texas in April, but this year they started early. With the lack of cold weather and hard freezes this winter season, the mosquitoes didn’t die off in their typical numbers. That, combined with the early warming temperatures helped them to get a jump on the season and get ahead of the game.
The recent wet conditions won’t slow things down at all but will speed up the spread of these mosquitoes and other species across South and Central Texas. The issue in South Texas has gotten so intense that the City of McAllen has approved funding for mosquito research. University students will collect data to provide to the CDC to conduct testing. Zika and West Nile are the main targets of the research, as both are risks across South Texas and the Valley.
How to protect your family and pets from mosquitoes:
Make sure to get rid of standing water around your property either in puddles in the yard or standing water in containers, fountains or bird baths. This is an ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed.
Use topical sprays any time you and your family are going outside, especially at dusk or when spending time near bodies of water like ponds and lakes. Do not use these sprays on dogs, but get a spray that is animal-safe.
Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm medication for your animals. They are at high risk of developing heartworms if bitten by an infected mosquito.
Make sure your lawn is not overgrown. Mosquitoes flourish in tall grass.
The best option is prevention and ongoing treatment for mosquitoes in South Texas, both of which Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide for you. With our misting systems, you will have mosquito control at your fingertips at all times. Our treatment plans, like 12 weeks of protection will have you covered well into the summer, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your yard again! Don’t let the mosquitoes drive you indoors. Take back your yard today, contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria for your mosquito control needs!