Summer means it’s time for outdoor fun in the sun, but it’s also prime time for several pests. All that extra time outdoors can bring everything from poison ivy rashes to exposure to Lyme disease from tick bites. And of course, there’s that ubiquitous summer menace, the mosquito.
In the South with the rising temperatures brought about by global warming, the risks posed by these pernicious pests the mosquito could also be increasing. A warmer climate can mean expanded habitats for many pest species, as well as increases in their numbers.
There are many species of the annoying pest called the mosquito found in different areas around the country. While some are merely an itchy nuisance, others come with the risk of spreading diseases like West Nile virus and the Zika virus , including the invasive Asian Tiger mosquito, which first appeared in the U.S. in 1985.
As temperatures around the country rise, the areas that are conducive to such mosquitoes could expand, and the insects could start to emerge earlier in the year, meaning more opportunities for bites that could spread disease. After an unseasonably warm late spring, summer, and early winter in 2012, the U.S. experienced a West Nile Virus outbreak linked to the Asian Tiger mosquito, with some 5,600-people becoming infected. As you know our winter in South Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf Coast was extremely mind this year which could create the similar effect as in 2012.
Asian Tiger mosquitoes tend to die off when temperatures venture outside a range from 50°F to 95°F and when relative humidity dips below 42 percent. A Climate Central analysis examined how warming would affect this range for cities around the country, showing how many more “mosquito suitable” days there were now compared to 1980. In the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, there were 8 fewer days and in South Alabama where were 8 fewer days than in 1980.
So, we at Southern Pest Control ask you to be careful when enjoying the great outdoors this summer. If you need help ridding your home of these unwanted pests, please call us at 800 527-9832. One of our well-trained experts will come out and inspect your property and give you solutions to help keep mosquitos away as well as a free estimate on how we can help.
We have been in the pest control business in the Gulf Coast area for over 37 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.