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2018 Jacksonville Bug Prediction: Weather Has Everything to Do With It

“Moisture from La Nina Creates Significant Spring Pest Pressure.” This is the heading for National Pest Management Associate’s Spring/Summer 2018 Bug Barometer. The bug barometer takes weather and the basic habits of pests and uses this information to predict bug activity over the seasons. This year they are predicting significant bug activity due to the heavy moisture and mild winter created by La Nina. The NPMA has separated the country into seven geographic areas and made predictions of bug activity for each one. How does Florida weigh in?

A Spring Mosquito Explosion?

The nine states that fall into the Southeast region are looking at a year of above-average activity from several bugs, but especially mosquitoes. We experienced an unusually cold winter. A wet winter. It is the moisture that this cold, wet winter leaves in its wake that creates a quick awakening in the mosquito community. Mosquitoes lay eggs and breed in water. Areas that don’t normally freeze, but did this year, may have left nice little homes and breeding grounds for a few extra thousand mosquitoes this year. It won’t take many warm days for the population to explode.

So now the prediction is out there. How do you use it? You prepare.

Don’t wait until you are getting eaten up with bugs to try to rid yourself of them. Mosquitoes multiply faster than you can imagine and it’s easier to keep them at bay from the beginning. It’s really that simple. So clean up your yard. Look for the standing water. Discuss it in your HOA meetings. Work together.

Follow our 7Ts of Mosquito Control. Plan your treatment now. There is no time to wait when it comes to scheduling that first mosquito barrier spray. Call Mosquito Squad of Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra today and get on the books for as long as mosquito season lasts this year. We’ve been warned that the mosquitoes will be bad. It’s up to you how you use the information. It’s up to us to make sure you know why we are the best mosquito control company around. Let’s talk. 904-559-3414

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