Most people expect to deal with mosquitoes during the summer. Now that November is here, though, we should be in the clear–right? Not so fast. Here in South Carolina, the height of the mosquito season runs from June through September. However, thanks to South Carolina’s warm, humid weather, which can begin early in the year, mosquitoes often start rearing their heads in early March. During years when the temperatures stay high far into the year, mosquitoes can still be found around South Carolina through the end of the year. If you’ve seen these irritating pests around in November, then, it wasn’t your imagination.
Mosquitoes in November? Sad But True
By the time November rolls around, you’d think that you wouldn’t have to worry about protecting yourself against mosquitoes anymore. However, South Carolina offers the ideal climate for these wily pests, so you must be on the lookout for them through Thanksgiving and beyond. Although you can easily find mosquitoes in wild areas of the state well into the winter months, you don’t necessarily have to put up with them at home. There are things that you can do to reduce their prevalence and to make your home and yard a mosquito-free haven.
Where are They?
To rid your yard of mosquitoes, it helps to know where they like to spend time. Mosquitoes spend their days breeding and resting. For breeding, they require water. Therefore, you’re likely to find them hanging around puddles and other pools of stagnate water. For resting, mosquitoes prefer damp, shady areas, so you are likely to find them under patios and decks and in and around overgrown foliage, tall grass and mulch. Mosquitoes prefer these areas throughout the year. By making these areas unavailable to mosquitoes, you can reduce the risk of being overrun with them all year long.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes
The most effective way to prevent mosquitoes is by eliminating their preferred resting and breeding areas. Do a thorough walkthrough of your yard. Look for standing water of any kind. You may find it in birdbaths, kiddie pools and other containers. Water often pools and collects in tarps that are draped over other objects. There may even be areas in your lawn where water doesn’t drain away well.
After eliminating all standing water, tidy up your yard to eliminate areas where mosquitoes like to rest. Keep grass, trees, bushes and other plants closely trimmed. Clear away debris from beneath decks and patios. Swap out old mulch for new mulch every year. Most importantly of all, have a dependable mosquito control company treat the premises for you.
Quit Worrying About Mosquitoes This November
If you’d like to enjoy time outdoors in November without being swarmed by mosquitoes, MosquitoNix Charleston is here to help. Our skilled technicians will take steps to eliminate existing mosquitoes and their larvae from your property. They will also identify problem areas and correct them to reduce the risk of mosquitoes infesting your yard again. Don’t spend your fall and winter shooing away mosquitoes. Call MosquitoNix Charleston today.