Louisiana Mosquito Forecast for 2017

April 27, 2017By

Arizona has the Cactus Wren, Texas has the Northern Mockingbird, South Dakota has the Ring-necked Pheasant, but what about Louisiana’s state bird? Why, that would be the mosquito! It’s an old saying around the state that you’d better be careful when you swat a Louisiana mosquito – they may just swat you back. Some of them do get awfully big, and that’s only one reason why it’s important to be aware of 2017’s Louisiana mosquito forecast.

This year, we have the perfect storm that creates the type of environment mosquitos love. There’s been a ton of moisture from the rain, and it was a relatively warm or mild winter. Mosquitos are heading out early this year, so there’s no time to waste in preparing for their arrival.

Those concerned about Zika should be aware that the CDC has confirmed Zika in both Texas and Florida for 2017 already, despite it being only April.

Check out more here: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/texas-update.html and here: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html.

Zika doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon, so it’s more important than ever before to protect your home. Here are some of our best tips for home prevention.

Protect Your Home from Mosquitos

There are very few things that will ruin your spring and summer like a swarm of mosquitos waiting for a tasty snack. The itching and pain are only your first concern when these insects are carrying diseases such as Zika.

First, be sure to get rid of any standing water or damp areas where your yard tends to collect water. Mosquitos are just like any other living thing – they are driven to breed. They require water to breed, so without a good source of it, they won’t stick around for too long. However, any little puddle is often sufficient, so you really have to inspect your property for potential spots.

Drill holes in the bottom of your trash cans or outdoor recycling containers, clean out your gutters and be sure they aren’t clogged, and more. You may want to walk around your property after a rain to look for places where water sits, and regrade those areas. If you have a pool, be sure it is well chlorinated to discourage mosquito breeding.

In addition to needing water to breed, adult mosquitos also need a place to rest during the day. They typically do this in taller vegetation and weeds, so be sure to mow your lawn often and get rid of any weeds that grow up around your buildings.

Finally, consider using a barrier treatment around your home to prevent mosquitos from getting too far into your space. Foggers are not an effective product, mostly because they only kill adults. Baby mosquitos hatch very quickly soon after. Barrier treatments, however, continue to work for a full 21 days, so they will kill both the adults and the newly hatched babies before those babies have time to lay any more eggs.

How to Contact Your Local Mosquito Control Board

If you have questions about mosquitos and mosquito protection in your area, the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association has many local branches around the state, which can be found here.

Call Fischer to Keep Your Home Comfortable

The best way to protect your home is a combination of all of these tips.

A barrier treatment for your house and yard is one of the best defenses for the early arrival of mosquitos. With the ongoing concerns about Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses, it’s never too early to get started. Contact Fischer at (800) 391-2565, email fischer@fischerenv.com, or contact us online.

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