Mosquitoes in Oahu
A question a new resident to the Aloha State may ask is, does Hawaii have mosquitoes? As the third largest island in Hawaii, Oahu has a lot to offer its residents, including mosquitoes who find the atmosphere more than attractive for their feeding and habitat requirements. Overall, there are eight mosquito species that reside in Hawaii. Six of the species are known to bite humans. The other two do not. Four of the six species are active biting during the day. The other two species are night-biters.
One of the most common species on all the islands is the Aedes aegypti, introduced to Hawaii in the early part of the 19th century. It is considered an invasive species as it can be found throughout Hawaii in both rainy and dry climates. The mosquito is identifiable by its black torso with a line of white dots around the body’s perimeter.
The Aedes aegypti are actively in bite mode two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunrise. They are then inactive until sunset when they are on the hunt for food two hours before and after sunset.
Bites by a mosquito can cause health problems. The Aedes aegypti carries dengue fever, Zika virus, chikungunya, malaria, West Nile virus, encephalitis, and yellow fever, which can be transmitted to you, your loved ones, and your pets.
Preparing for Mosquito Season
With its warm climate, Hawaii is a prime target for mosquitoes. While the biting insects make appearances year-round, the peak season for mosquito activity is the island’s warmer months, which run from March through the early part of November.
Depending on the species, mosquitoes can lay an estimated 250 eggs in the water that will hatch within 1 and 5 days. This means you can have a considerable population in a short time. There are several things’ homeowners can do to prepare for mosquito season that can help lessen the attractiveness of your property as a potential breeding location. Consider these helpful preventative tips throughout the year.
- Standing water is an attractive lure for mosquitoes. Remove possible containers such as buckets, bins, saucers holding potted plants, and fill in any standing water puddles.
- Drain water that has accumulated in flowerpots with leafy plants such as bromeliads.
- Leaking water hoses and faucets create a continuing source for standing water.
- Gutters that haven’t been cleaned out allow water to accumulate. Keeping gutters free and clear allows water to run easily eliminating the potential for pooled water.
- If your yard contains trash, stored items, or debris that is capable of holding water, whether a large amount or small amount, clean it up to avoid breeding spots.
- Ponds or swimming pools that are not being used pose an extra-large area for mosquitoes to breed. To help control the pests, fill these, or any other type of large water container that is not able to be emptied, with mosquito-eating fish.
- Keep mosquitoes outside your home by repairing or replacing any torn or damaged window or door screens.
Once you have taken care of the things you can do to prepare your home for mosquito season, the next step is contacting a pest control company, such as Sandwich Isle, to take the steps necessary to professionally eliminate an infestation.
Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions
Take the worry out of a mosquito infestation and the potential for being bitten with the professional services our company provides. With over 20 years of service, we know what it takes to get the job done right for you. With our custom prevention and treatment plan, we’ll take the “bite” out of mosquitoes infesting your property. Call us or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.