One of the advantages of the cold Midwestern winter is the lack of mosquitoes. For a few months every year, these pesky insects virtually disappear, making our lives a little bit easier. Not only are mosquito bites irritating and itchy, but there are numerous mosquito diseases that can make you and your loved ones very sick.
Unfortunately, just as quickly as mosquitoes vanish in the frigid temperatures, they come back with a vengeance when temps get in the 50s. It often seems as though after a few weeks of consistently warm weather, an explosion of mosquitos arrives, seemingly out of nowhere.
Why does this happen?
St. Louis Mosquitoes: Breeding and Exponential Growth
Due to the breeding capacity of these insects, exponential mosquito growth is pretty standard in St. Louis. Mosquitoes appear when the weather is warm, particularly in the afternoons and evenings. They emerge gradually, so on the first nice day of spring, you’re unlikely to be pulling out the calamine lotion and swatting the little bloodsuckers away.
This is because they haven’t had the chance to breed yet. However, once the temperature reaches 75 degrees for a few consecutive days, you won’t be able to avoid mosquitoes since they have managed to expand their brood. This happens at a surprisingly rapid rate.
Almost in the blink of an eye, one mosquito can turn into a whole army in your backyard. The reason why is simple “mosquito math”—the rate at which over one billion mosquitoes can spawn from a single female.
St. Louis Mosquitoes and Handling a Mosquito Infestation by Hiring a Mosquito Control Company
Having acquired a tasty blood meal (either from you or your pet), she will proceed to lay as many as 300 eggs. This can happen up to three times in her short lifespan. Mosquito eggs can develop into adult mosquitoes in as little as four days during the warmest months. Due to the simple law of probability, at least half of these offspring will be female, which means that a mosquito infestation can break out very quickly in only a few generations.
A mosquito infestation can be annoying at best and downright dangerous at worst. Mosquito-borne illnesses can harm people and pets. This is why it is crucial to get in touch with a mosquito control company early in the spring, at or around the time when you first start noticing mosquitoes. Mosquito control services can help reduce the growth of more mosquitoes throughout the summer.
The treatment used is registered by the EPA, applied by highly-trained technicians, and capable of providing protection against mosquitoes and ticks after only 30 minutes. Pets and kids can return to playing on the lawn only half an hour after the application of our mosquito barrier treatment.
Don’t wait until mosquitoes are annoying you. Starting treatment early in the season yields the best mosquito control results. Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis County is your best choice for all of your outdoor pest control needs, especially mosquitoes, ticks, and gnats. Our mosquito control services can reduce mosquitoes by 85-90%. Call our team to request a free quote today.