Tropical Storm Beryl is heading to Virginia and probably the last thing on your mind is how this affects the insect world. Oddly enough the tiny critters have a knack of knowing when bad weather is coming and put full speed on their tasks at hand. So which insects are most likely to be affected? Pretty much all insects, however with the rain is going to come standing water which is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. This in turn can make the outside unbearable. Mosquito season arrived earlier this year due to the mild winter we had, but Tropical Storm Beryl will bring faster hatching mosquito larvae not to mention an increase in the potential for the west Nile virus.
In order to minimize potential breeding sites, Virginia homeowners should be vigilant of any areas where water can collect. Female mosquitoes look for a place to lay their eggs in stagnant or standing water such as ditches, catch basins as well as overflowing open septic tanks or other waste systems. Additionally water which collects in cans, buckets, barrels, boats, jars, discarded tires, blocked roof guttering, wading pools or pool covers are other potential sites.
Ways to eliminate mosquitoes in Virginia
- Dispose of all containers which hold water
- Unblock any roof guttering and clean
- Ensure adequate drainage in ditches
- Change water in bird baths
- Ensure any decorative ponds are stocked with fish
- Empty any fountains, or change out the water regularly
- Ensure swimming pools are cleaned and filtered
- Flush sump pumps weekly
- Empty wading pools when not in use
After Tropical Beryl Storm
After the rain has passed, then we can help with our mosquito control program. We offer competitive pricing with a guarantee to keep your yard mosquito free. If you live in Dare, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank or Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Sussex, Surry or Hampton then give us a call (252) 453-3693 / (252) 480-2889 or (757) 729-1744 / (757) 382-0102 or click for further details. We want you to be mosquito free and enjoy the summer!