Temperatures in Florida stay warm enough, especially in central and southern Florida, that mosquitoes always have the ideal conditions to thrive. It is always a good time to take inventory of where standing water is, and what can be done to eliminate it. Just as you have taken the time to keep your yard beautiful to the eye, now it’s also time to get ahead of those mosquitoes. While we will never be able to live without mosquitoes, there are ways we can learn to deal with them. Let’s take a closer look at some facts you may not know.
Mosquitos in Florida
- GROWING UP: Some mosquitoes’ life cycle can be egg to adult in 4 days, but most require about 2 weeks.
- TIME TO BITE: A female mosquito is able to bite after only 2 days as an adult.
- LIFESPAN: Female mosquitoes often live up to a month, but they can certainly cause a lot of problems during that short time! Most male mosquitoes live for 2 weeks.
- FEMALE MOSQUITOES: Only the female mosquito bites people and animals to draw blood and obtain protein to properly develop her eggs. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at one time.
- DISEASES: Pathogens mosquitoes may transmit, including endemic viruses (i.e., West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis) and exotic viruses (i.e., Zika, dengue and chikungunya) are a real danger. In addition, many of these mosquitoes are considered pestiferous to communities all over Florida.
- WATER WORLD: A mosquitoes’ life will always revolve around a water source. All mosquitoes require water during their egg, larval, and pupal stage for maturation. Adult female mosquitoes lay their eggs in the water.
- SPECIES: There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Two of Florida’s most common mosquito species are Aedes albopictus, more commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito (or simply tiger mosquito) due to its black-and-white-striped body and legs. And the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, better known and the yellow fever mosquito.
Preparing for Mosquitoes
What can you do to keep mosquitos out of your yard in Florida? There are a few precautions you can take.
Adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas. So by keeping your grass and shrubs trimmed short, as well as avoiding overgrown vegetation around your home, your eliminating potential hiding places.
Grown mosquitoes also look for bodies of still water that they can breed in. This could apply to swimming pools and backyard ponds, but they can easily use still water in bird baths, buckets – even a leaky sprinkler system. Checking all of these sources is key in deterring mosquitos.
Precautions should be taken to avoid these pests. Not only for your family’s comfort, but to help eliminate the transmission of disease-causing pathogens. Lastly, residents should make sure all screens are in place and in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from getting into your homes. Prevention can go a long way in avoiding mosquitoes around our homes and neighborhoods.
Florida Pest Control is an expert in Mosquito Pest Control for Florida
At Floridal we provide comprehensive pest control services to help reclaim the outdoors for family fun again! Effective insect control depends upon a multi-pronged approach. Do all you can to make your home and property less inviting to these pests that feed on your family and pets. Take precautions to prevent getting bitten. It’s important to work with a professional exterminator with experience in our region. Our team of technicians at Florida is well-versed in the many strategies it takes to prevent and get rid of all kinds of common Florida pests. Get in touch today for a free quote!