Summertime means going outside to bathe in the sunshine and enjoying Florida’s seemingly long-lasting warm weather. Our warm and humid weather is also an open invitation for mosquitos. It’s hard to enjoy Florida’s famous weather and sunshine without blood-thirsty mosquitos flying around.
Not only annoying, a mosquito’s sting cause welts and severe itching but also potentially carries life-threatening viruses. Residents in South Florida, Palm Beach County, Broward County and throughout Florida should take the necessary precautions to defend their homes against this flying menace.
A Persistent Pest
Unless you live in areas in the Arctic Circle, Americans are familiar with the two-winged stinging flying insects. Mosquitos thrive in humid tropics, subtropics, warm moist climates, and temperate and cool zones. Only the areas that are permanently frozen are free from these pests. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide. Eighty species occur in Florida.
It’s the female mosquitoes that intently go after us for our iron and protein-rich blood to reproduce. Their appearance includes distinctive long legs and a long proboscis nose that females use to draw blood out of people and animals. You may not feel their sting right away, but later you are usually left with itchy welts.
The five most common mosquitos found in Florida and diseases they carry are:
- Yellow fever mosquito – Dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses
- Asian tiger – Dengue, chikungunya, and Zika
- Southern house – Dog heartworm, St. Louis encephalitis virus, and West Nile virus
- Black salt marsh – Dog heartworm
- Gallinipper – Not known to vector any mosquito-borne pathogens
By feasting on humans and animals, mosquitos can transmit a host of diseases that can make their victims fall seriously ill; if not, kill them.
Fighting the Backyard Menace
Humans and our pets are their favorite targets. It’s challenging to avoid mosquitoes because they are attracted to dampness, humidity, dark and shady areas, standing water, and the carbon dioxide we breathe out.
You may not be able to do anything about Florida’s climate, plants, trees, or the fact we need to breathe. Still, property owners can take steps to eliminate standing water and prevent the spread of mosquitos.
Properties with standing water outside like dog bowls, puddles, birdbaths, and empty containers collecting water are magnets for mosquitos. The mosquitos find these areas as more than suitable to lay their eggs. A single mosquito can lay up to 3,000 eggs within a couple of weeks.
Rely on the Experts
There are plenty of gimmicks that you can buy in the store and online that say they will kill mosquitos. The only proper protection is wearing clothing that covers your skin, removing any standing water, and applying repellent throughout your yard by a licensed pest technician like Green Idea Pest Control Services.
Don’t make your property hospitable to a mosquito infestation. A call to a professional pest control operator can inspect your yard, garage, storage unit, and home or business to find any suspected locations that water is collecting to halt breeding mosquitos.
Although it seems like a worthless challenge to avoid mosquitos, there are things you can do to stop their number from growing their number on your property.
Green Idea Pest Control Services offers every budget effective mosquito control. We give you’re the power to take back your yard from all types of annoying stinging bugs. Our program dramatically reduces the mosquito population on your property by applying materials to mosquito breeding and harborage areas.
If you are planning a special event and need extra control, consider a one-time mosquito treatment. It can be a valuable addition for any of your outside events such as weddings, receptions, sporting events, company picnics, cookouts, and graduations.
Call or schedule an appointment to talk to a mosquito expert to take back your summer.