SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) - Warm weather is moving into Savannah and experts say an aggressive mosquito season is coming along with it.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), mosquitoes will likely rebound quickly and host higher than average populations because of accumulated moisture.
Although the winter season was cold, NPMA says mosquitoes have developed techniques to survive the cold weather in unexpected regions.
Experts say a bottle cap full of water is enough for mosquitoes to breed. In addition, these blood-sucking pests can sense a potential target from up to 75 feet away.
Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company suggests homeowners take immediate precautions to guard against mosquitoes:
- Eliminate all sources of standing water such as children's wading pools, birdbaths and flower pots
- Keep rain gutters cleaned out to prevent water from standing in drains
- Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation around the home where mosquitoes can breed and/or rest
- Keep swimming pools covered in colder months to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs there, and drain any water that has collected on top of pool covers
- Remove water that has collected in tree holes and hollow stumps
- Screen windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside homes
- Consider using yellow bug light bulbs in outdoor light fixtures – the bulbs reduce the number of flying insects around your home
Mosquitoes can transmit diseases, including West Nile virus, chikungunya, encephalitis, and the infamous Zika virus.