Will Mosquitoes Be Bad This Year?

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The extended forecast for Albany shows high temps and the chance of rain almost every day. What does that have to do with mosquitoes you ask? The amount of rainfall we get is closely related to just how bad mosquitoes will be this summer. The more rain we get, the worse the mosquito problem is likely to be. Keep reading to find out why.

A very wet summer here in Albany could mean an explosion in mosquito activity. That’s because these pesky biting insects lay eggs in standing water. To define standing water as it relates to mosquitoes is quite simple – any place where rainfall can collect. While it would take quite awhile to list all the potential places where mosquitoes could breed, topping the list is:

  • Clogged gutters

  • Stagnant drain ditches

  • Hollows in trees

  • Buckets and flowerpots

  • Abandoned tires

  • Bird baths

  • Tarps

  • Trash cans

  • Wading pools

  • Pet water bowls

So whether mosquitoes will be bad this summer or not, here are a few prevention tips that should help you reduce the mosquito population around your home.

  • Clear gutters of leaves and other debris. Also divert downspouts so that they point away from the foundation.

  • Refresh bird baths and wading pools often.

  • Turn over buckets, wheelbarrows and other items that collect water when not in use.

  • Cover trash cans with lids.

To avoid itchy mosquito bites on your arms and legs, the American Mosquito Control Association recommends wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing. Click here to see their advice on using repellents.

Why is mosquito prevention important? Unfortunately mosquitoes are more than a nuisance at outdoor gatherings. Mosquito-borne diseases can be very serious. Among the most concerning is West Nile Virus and Easter Equine Encephalitis. In recent weeks, the Chikungunya virus arrived in Florida via the Caribbean. Though not typically life threatening, symptoms include but are not limited to:

• Fevers

• Headache

• Nausea

• Muscle or joint pain

For homeowners in the Capital District and Adirondack region, Thomas Pest Services offers effective mosquito and tick control. This pest control service is designed to reduce the mosquito and tick populations on your property and to protect you, your family and pets from diseases spread by these pests.

To learn more about mosquito control in Albany and throughout our service area, please complete our online form. You can also give us a call at (518) 650-1684.


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