Pest control businesses say they're already seeing the signs of a heavy mosquito season Photo Credit: AP
By: SHELBY COATES | WSPA-TV
Published: March 22, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. –
Pest control businesses say they’re already seeing the signs.
“We’ve been really busy,” said Ray Tallon with Mosquito Free Yards. “The phone’s been ringing for a couple of weeks now.”
His spraying company usually picks up April, but this year the bug boom is sooner than expected.
“That’s when the phone really starts to ring, but this year it started to ring a month early,” said Tallon.
And according to Tallon, a mild winter is causing of an early mosquito season.
“With the light winter season we had this year, mosquitoes will probably be worse because we really didn’t have any that could possibly die off,” said Tallon.
7 On Your Side checked with the Clemson Cooperative Extension Office in Spartanburg to see if a warm winter would bring a mass of mosquitoes.
“A lot of the adults over winter weren’t killed off for the fall or sustained cold,” said George Dickert with the Extension Office. “That means we have a lot of active adults right now.”
And those active adults are either biting or breeding.
“They like still water,” said Dickert. “They have to have water for the larvae to develop in.”
So what can you do to protect yourself from all these mosquitoes? George Dickert says the answers are in your own backyard.
“People need to think about everything that can possibly hold water around your home. Things like bird baths that are stagnant, puddles that stick around for a long time,” said Dickert.
He also says now is the perfect time to clean out drains and dirty gutters that could lead to standing water and those pesky bugs.
With mosquitoes already out 7 on your side also learned of other ways to protect yourself.
If you use bug spray, make sure it has Deet in it. Also, avoid being out at dusk, the worse time for bugs. And wear dark clothing, long sleeves and pants.
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