Mild winter brings predators out sooner

OKLAHOMA CITY — Spring sprung early in Oklahoma and around the nation. Temperatures are above normal daily. Trees and flowers are in bloom, and that means their blood-sucking neighbors, mosquitoes, are ready to feast.

OSU Extension spokesperson Ray Ridlen says Oklahoma is about three to four weeks ahead of schedule when it comes to mosquitoes breeding.

Ridlen says, “Many varieties of mosquito feed when the winds are down in the evening. But the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which arrived in Oklahoma a few years ago, can be out at 10 in the morning. For them, wind is not a factor.”

Here are some effective suggestions for protecting your home and your family from mosquito bites:

  • Put mosquito dunks in standing water. The naturally occurring fungus kills off larvae.
     
  • Spray an adulticide on your foliage. Malathion is an effective insecticide for killing adult bugs; each applications works for a day or two.
     
  • If you are a mosquito magnet, your best option is a spray with a high concentration of Deet. They make Deet for kids as well.

Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite but they don’t feed on blood regularly.

Mosquitoes eat plant nectar like many other varieties of bugs.

However, female mosquitoes need a blood meal to develop eggs.