As you may have heard, we received an abundance of water here in Oklahoma. Several states got drenched as well. Of course with all the water… we get mosquitoes!!!!!! I think we can safely say the drought is over in our corner of the state, but mosquito season is in full swing. All the flooding has toned down some from May storms, but as I write this we are due for more from “Bill”.
Water Water everywhere!!!
Here was my sister-in-laws lake… I mean pond!
Did you know A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed.
So again…with water comes mosquitoes… According to the Oklahoma Department of health…
- The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as “nuisance mosquitoes”. They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases.
- Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas
So I am happy the waters receded a little, but hate putting up with those annoying things that seem to think I have a sign saying “BITE ME” on my head. So what to do!!!
Now I can’t do much about the massive flooding event expected here in the next couple of days but I can do some things in my yard.
Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. That means I walk the yard to find even the smallest thing that may hold water like….
fireplaces and pits
clean out gutters
These are just a few things to look out for!
The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellents—particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), or IR 3535, BUT there are many Natural repellents available on the market today.
Whether you are at home or traveling… Mosquitoes carry some scary and bad diseases…
Most important… if you are expecting flooding in your area…
Please stay SAFE!!!!!!