Ahhh, the sunshine state! Home to majestic landscapes, tourist attractions, and the pesky Florida mosquito. Learn the various species and the best defenses.
Is there a high pitched whine in your ear and a darting little grey dot you can’t quite pin down? The Florida mosquito ruined your night.
Aside from causing itchy red bumps, mosquitoes are a real threat.
Keep reading to learn what you need to know about mosquitoes.
We’ll cover what you can do to prevent them. And finally, you’ll know when you need to call a professional.
What You Need to Know About the Florida Mosquito
The mosquito is a water-based bloodsucking insect. It has thin legs and a slender body that you can visibly see fill with blood when it drinks from a host. Only female mosquitoes actually bite.
Nearly everyone is allergic to a mosquito’s saliva. Thankfully, most people only react with a small, red, itchy round bump. But for an unfortunate few, they react with massive swelling and violently itchy skin.
Mosquitoes are water-based insects. They breed and raise their larvae in shallow water. They’re most commonly found near still, shallow water, such as lakes, ponds, and marshes. You can keep mosquitoes out of your property by dumping and drying up any stagnant water.
Check bird baths, puddles, pet and livestock drinking dishes. Keep an eye out for any other place where water might pool for a few weeks or more.
Dangers of Mosquitoes
Other household pests, like cockroaches or spiders, may “bug” you more, the mosquito is a real pest. On top of being summer’s most irritating pest, mosquitoes carry deadly diseases. These bloodsuckers can transport diseases like West-Nile Virus, Malaria, and the Zika Virus.
While Florida seems to be safe from Zika for now, we don’t want to let these bloodsuckers bring the virus back.
How to Stay Safe
Anytime you’re going to a waterside location make sure to wear plenty of bug spray. Mosquitoes will be especially bad around dawn or dusk. Quality bug spray will keep mosquitoes from biting.
This can alone can prevent itching for days, and keep the blood-borne diseases at bay.
To keep the bugs away from your house, keep your property clear of stagnant water. These are literal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If they have nowhere to breed, they’re less likely to be in your home.
If mosquitoes seem to be especially bad at your home, call a professional. You can get an opinion and experienced advice to keep these pests at bay.
Mosquitoes Don’t Have to Ruin Your Summer
By following these tips, you can stay mosquito free this summer. The Florida mosquito is an irritating and dangerous pest. If you don’t want mosquitoes to bug you, consider calling a professional. A pest control company can end your mosquito problem.
Ready to get mosquitoes out of your yard? Call us at 954-771-3400 or contact us today to see how we can get rid of your mosquito problem for good.