Tulsa County mosquito numbers up, how to protect your home, family

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — The Tulsa Health Department says the number of mosquitoes collected in Tulsa County has jumped way up in the last few weeks.

According to this Tulsa County Mosquito surveillance graph, the highest number of mosquitoes collected so far this year was 3,700 between June 10th and 17th. That number has gone down to just over 1,000 between the 17th and 23rd. Keep in mind, that’s just the mosquitoes collected in traps.

Lead technician for Mosquito Joe’s Pest Control Charlie Merz says in his experience, the bugs are especially bad this year because of recent rain. He says they’re so bad, he’s had to hire more staff and buy more equipment for treatment services.

According to the National Weather Service, the rainfall total did increase from 2020 to 2021 for the month of May from 4.81 to 5.46 inches. A final count for June has not come out yet.

The biggest advice for keeping mosquitoes out of your yard is to get rid of any standing water in your bird feeders, kids toys, dog bowls and buckets. Merz says mosquitoes use the standing water to breed and shade to survive, so keep your grass and shrubs short too. Once the bugs have those, they come for blood in our arms and ankles. While he says they’re bad now, he only expects to buggy situation to get worse as summer goes on.