Mosquito Season is HERE!
75! There are over 75 DIFFERENT species of mosquitoes found in Florida.
As a local pest control company located in Ft. Myers, we have gone up against these bloodsucking pests a few times or two. Especially lately. Lately, as we are walking to our cars or trying to enjoy the outdoors with our families, we are almost immediately met by mosquitoes flying around us. Because of this we thought it would be a good idea to provide you with a few helpful tips about mosquitoes and how you can control them around your home or business yourself.
Let's start with the top three mosquitoes that you need to concern yourself with in Naples and Ft. Myers. The first is the Yellow Fever Mosquito. You can find this mosquito swarming your home during the hot and humid summer months. This mosquito likes to lay its larvae in standing water of empty pots from potted plants, containers, toys, and even areas with poor drainage. The Yellow Fever Mosquito is known to vector dengue, chikungunya, and Zika Viruses.
Coming in at #2 is Asian Tiger Mosquito. This mosquito behaves like that of the Yellow Fever Mosquito in the fact that it prefers to lay its larvae in undisturbed objects around the outside of your home. Especially those that hold standing water for long periods at a time. Objects such as barrels, old tires, cans, and other areas of standing water. This mosquito can carry dengue and the zika viruses.
The third mosquito to concern yourself with is the Black Salt Marsh Mosquito. These strong fliers are especially known for carry dog heartworm. Causing pain and problems for your pets, especially dogs.
When you put together your plan of action for getting rid of mosquitoes around your home, here are a few things to remember. Mosquitoes are attracted to damp, humid, and dark areas, areas that provide shade, standing water, carbon dioxide, and just overall warm wet weather.
Start by removing standing water around your home. Check your eaves and gutters. If there is build up, clean it out. Look for ways to drain standing water from the objects around the outside of your home. Cover objects with a tarp or turn them upside down to help avoid water from gathering during heavy rains. Check the drainage on your property. If you have a drainage problem, address it. Set out DIY mosquito traps and monitor them weekly for the first three weeks then once a month thereafter. Change out traps or attractant as needed. Lastly, check to see if you can remove thick brush or debris to help with the overall airflow around your home.
Note that these are just beginner tips. In certain situations, a pest professionals help is a must. If you find yourself in need of help with mosquito control, we are here to help. With our Eco-Mosquito Control Service, we use a three-stage approach to ridding your home of mosquitoes. It is GUARANTEED to solve your mosquito problem. Call us today at 239-877-4041!