Mosquito Population to Boom After Recent Rains

Ever wonder why the mosquito population in your yard always increases after it rains? Well it’s actually pretty simple. Mosquitos require standing water to lay their eggs. Even a very small amount of standing water in a low spot of the yard can provide enough moisture for mosquito breeding. 

If you have any items around your property that are prone to collect water then you are asking for a mosquito problem. We have some tips to follow after a storm, that may help you keep your yard from being taken over by mosquitos after the next rain. 

Mosquito Breeding Grounds in South Carolina

Even the smallest amount of water, like a bottle cap, can hold enough water for the female mosquito to lay eggs in. Remember a female mosquito lays between 100 and 300 eggs per cycle. After a rain you can expect mosquitos to find a multitude of breeding sites right in your yard. Some of the more common areas mosquitos might lay eggs: 

  • Puddles
  • Ponds
  • Gutters
  • Tires
  • Children’s playset
  • Ditches
  • Hollow Logs
  • Birdbath
  • Planters
  • Buckets
  • Children’s Pool
  • Planter Drain Pan
  • Pet Bowl
  • Low Spots In The Yard

How to Prevent Mosquitos After it Rains

During mosquito season, typically March to October in South Carolina, you should inspect and locate anything in your yard that is holding standing water. Once you find these items or places in the yard eliminate the standing water. It may be as easy as flipping a child’s toy over or dumping a pot. By removing all these potential breeding areas you will drastically cut down on the next wave of mosquitos that hatch in your area. 

Work With a Local Pest Professional to Maintain Regular Monthly Mosquito Treatments

Combine following the steps above and work with your local mosquito experts to keep your yard on a plan that lets your family, friends, and pets enjoy the most of your time outdoors. Your local pest professional can set you up on a monthly mosquito treatment plan to create a barrier around your home and property to keep mosquitos away. To learn more about how Walker Pest Management can help you avoid mosquitos throughout the rainy season and beyond, contact us today!