Mosquitoes are part of the fly family and can be just as pesky. In Florida, where much of the year is hot and humid and standing water abounds, mosquitoes can be a nuisance. One of the benefits of living in Florida is the mild weather that allows you to spend much of the year outdoors. Mosquitoes, however, can put a damper on these plans.
Mosquitoes have a long tube at the front of their heads, which they use to penetrate the skin of animal and human hosts to feed on their blood. Their saliva can cause a harmless itchy rash, but mosquitoes can also transmit dangerous diseases like west Nile virus.
If you’ve been outside in the early morning or late afternoon, you’ve probably noticed that mosquitoes tend to become more active during those times. The sun dries them out, so mosquitoes like to hang out in shady spots. That’s why they don’t present such a problem in the middle of the day. If you have a lush yard full of shade trees that protect you from the sun, you might notice that mosquitoes are a problem, especially in the more humid months.
You can mist yourself with bug spray every time you go outside, but the best defense against mosquitoes is treating your property. Mosquitoes can sense the carbon dioxide emitted from a mammal from far away, so protecting your skin doesn’t prevent them from heading in your direction and laying eggs in your yard.
Mosquitoes can lay as many as 100 eggs at a time. Females seek out pools of water, such as mud puddles, birdbaths, rain barrels and drainage plates under potted plants in which they can lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae swim in the water, developing into the pupa stage. Within 5 to 14 days, they become adults, and that’s when they also become a nuisance.
The most effective way to control a mosquito problem is to attack the larvae. Using growth regulators and contact insecticides on a property can prevent the mosquitoes from ever reaching adulthood and kills any mosquitoes that are active. At Bug Out, we use IGR to effectively reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. As a homeowner, you can help in reducing the mosquito population on your property--removing standing water also takes away a mosquito’s breeding ground, forcing it to head elsewhere to live and feed.
The professionals at Bug Out are experts at pest control and mosquito reduction. They know what to look for and how to treat infestations. The specialists at Bug Out can also provide preventative measures so you can enjoy the outdoors throughout the year without letting mosquitoes become a problem. Call us for a free service quote and find out how you can combat mosquitoes this year allowing you to better enjoy your outdoor space.