Keep Your South Florida Home Safe from Mosquitoes This Summer

Keep Your South Florida Home Safe from Mosquitoes This Summer

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.

Africanized Bees in Florida

Africanized Bees in Florida

Killer Bees are the more dramatic name for Africanized honeybees. Found in Florida and within the warmer United States climates, Africanized honeybees are a genetic mix of the western honeybee and bees from southern Africa. Besides being a hybrid of two bees’ species, their distinction is the aggressiveness if their territory is disturbed.

The campaign to save the bees leaves out the dangerous nature of Africanized bees. Although all bees sting, this type of bee protects its hive with an enduring combative nature.

A Brief History

This bee hybrid resulted from a 1956 experiment by the brazilian Geneticist Dr. Warwick Kerr to create a honey-producing bee that could survive better in tropical conditions by crossing a known-aggressive African species and a European bee.

Several of the experiments escaped, mated with bees in the wild, and produced the offspring. Over the following decades, the hybrid bees migrated through Central America to the warmer U.S. states. They killed hundreds of people during that time, and the hysteria grew with the nickname “killer bees.”

Africanized bees around today are probably more aggressive than the original swarms of bees that first escaped and traveled north up years ago.

Not to be further confused with wasps and hornets that repeatedly sting to protect its home. Bees can sting only once before dying. Honeybees don’t usually attack in large swarms. They are generally harmless to those without allergies or hypersensitivity to bees. However, the Africanized bee has earned its reputation as a killer because it will strike in large groups.

Unless familiar with the different types of bees, you may mistake it for a common honeybee. It’s difficult to tell the two species apart because the bees look very similar to European honeybees with a golden-yellow oval body, ½” in length, but with darker brown bands.

So, you may not give bees a second thought while you enjoy the outdoors and accidentally disturb their territory. Once they feel threatened, rather than a small group attacking their target, you may find yourself facing a swarm of 10,000 to 15,000 bees.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Aggravating a Hive

If you come across a hive anywhere on your property, do not remove it. You cannot outrun a swarm that size. These bees are defensive and will protect their property. They attack intruders as far away as 150 feet and continue to swarm them as far as 500 feet.

An attacking swarm will continue to chase you unless you find the shelter of a building where you can escape them. Until then, the attacking swarm will be relentless.

To battle against infestation and attack from this type of bee, you should contact a licensed pest control operator rather than beekeepers. The operator performs a swarm control to trap it and eliminate the bees by terminating the hive and colony to prevent a potentially dangerous encounter. The technician will also remove the honeycomb from established nesting sites and apply repellent to discourage future colony infestation.

Defense Against Africanized Bees

There are procedures to prevent bees from infesting your property by removing and blocking potential nesting sites around your home or business.

The time between March and July is the swarming season. Check weekly for unusual bee activity around your yard. Seal the gaps and holes around chimneys and exposed pipe plumbing.

Further ensure bees cannot make a home within your walls by installing screens made of 1/8″ hardwire cloth over crawl spaces, rain spouts, vents, openings in tree and fence posts, water meters, and in utility boxes. Lastly, remove all abandoned vehicles, old tires, and empty containers from your property.

Rather than taking on a hive and its inhabitants of any type, whether it’s a bee, wasp, or hornet, call or contact a certified Green Idea Pest Control Services technician for an inspection and remove the nesting site.