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Warmer Weather Means More Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara!

By Kevin O'Connor on Aug 07, 2018 at 10:38 PM in Santa Barbara Pest Control, Santa Barbara Mosquito Control

Summer always brings an increase in mosquito activity, and some agricultural scientists say that climate change could result in even more marked changes in the population dynamics of insect pests. 

Warming trends may alter insect population numbers as well as insect feeding activity. If those insects feed on humans, the impact will be felt quickly and painfully!

About Our Santa Barbara Mosquito Populations

Santa Barbara Warmer Weather Means More Mosquitos!

Mosquitoes feed on human blood and leave behind annoying, itchy bites. They also, and more dangerosuly, can transmit a number of diseases, including St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), West Nile Virus (WNV) and Malaria.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and at dusk -- just about the time dinner or an early evening walk is winding down! In warmer weather, the female mosquito digests blood more quickly, so she will need to feed more often.

Increased feeding means an increased numbers of bites per insect. Coupled with the fact that warmer weather allows viruses incubating in mosquito hosts to populate more quickly, the impact of warming weather trends may mean not only more itchy bites for us all, but increasing levels of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.

Controlling Santa Barbara Mosquito Populations

Because mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, population control begins with identifying all possible breeding sites on your property, including:

  • vases of flowers
  • wading pools
  • bird baths
  • watering cans
  • roof gutters, and more!

To read more about breeding sites and population control for mosquitoes, including at-home and county-wide efforts, visit the Ventura County Vector Control Program's website.

We Provide Comprehensive Pest Control for Santa Barbara

Summer is here and it's geting warmer so don’t be surprised if instead of a few unwanted mosquito guests, your property begins to be plagued by a number of different insect species, including:

  • wasps
  • bed bugs
  • silverfish
  • ticks
  • spiders
  • stink bugs
  • ants
  • bees
  • termites

You may also feel increasing pressure from rodent activity: did you know that rodents bite more than 45,000 people each year, and those numbers may get worse?

Call O'Connor Pest Control today if you are having problems with buggy or other unwanted "guests:" 800-284-7985.