SAN ANTONIO -- Not only is the weather warming up, but the mosquitoes are coming out!
We know why you're getting bit earlier than normal this year.
Remember the storms we had a couple weeks ago?
Mosquitoes are now hatching from the spots where the rain collected.
According to our bug expert Molly Keck, from the Bexar County AgriLife Extension Service, "mosquito larvae must live in water from 7 -14 days until they become a mosquito that needs to feed."
And it only takes a small amount of water to make "a lot" of mosquitoes
"If it's a water bottle cap flipped upside down, that's enough to breed hundreds of mosquitoes." Keck says.
Mosquitoes can reproduce every 3 days and lay up to 300 eggs each time.
The numbers are exponential. So if you eliminate the source, you can reduce the population dramatically.
"As long as the water dries up, the larvae will die" say's Keck.
The more you understand mosquitoes, the easier it is to protect you and your family from them.