With the added two species of mosquitoes being found near the everglades, it brings the number of invasive mosquitoes in Florida to 15; in the last decade nine species have moved into the Florida territory. Mosquitoes in general have been linked to spreading a number of illnesses that include Zika virus, dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis and malaria among others. Where not all mosquitoes are infected, there are enough to cause concern and Floridians need to be aware of the potential dangers. With that in mind, we at Southeast Florida Pest Control would like to share some tips, advice, and reminders concerning the mosquitoes in Florida.
How to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Being aware of the potential harm is good, but significantly minimizing the risk of being bit by a mosquito that is a vector of any potentially harmful diseases and illnesses is ideal. Below you will find some preventative steps to avoid blood sucking mosquitoes.
1) Gutter Mosquito Control: Leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris can easily clog the gutters and downspouts. These obstructions in the drainage systems will create pools of standing water; attracting mosquitoes. Ensuring your gutters and downspouts are clog free and cleaned regularly will eliminate a potential nursery for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
2) Repair Window Screens: Window screens are essential and a 16-18 mesh is the recommended size for optimal pest control. Perform an inspection on the current screens to ensure that they are in prime condition and if necessary, make the repairs or replacements. Opening up the windows and doors during ideal weather conditions for fresh air is always a refreshing idea. Investing in a screened-in deck, porch or patio is a great idea.
3) Repair Cracks & Leaks: Check the structure of your home and if you find and cracks or holes that can allow a mosquito through, efficiently seal them. While performing your inspection, also assess the utility lines of any signs of water leaks and make sure they are also repaired to avoid pooling of standing water.
4) Remove Standing Water: It doesn’t take much water for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Removing flower pots, birdfeeders, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets and other such containers minimize mosquito breeding grounds. If mosquitoes can’t find anywhere suitable to lay their eggs, they will move and look elsewhere.
5) Eliminate Low Patches in Lawns: Ditches and other low-lying areas in the yard will collect water after a rainfall or even just the sprinklers. Bring in some soil and level out the ground where any holes or low areas that puddle up can be filled. In addition to your yard improvements, remove any hollow logs and stumps that are on your property. These natural containers can easily buildup enough water for mosquitoes as well as diverting any hibernation habitats.
Take advantage of professional pest control services. Investing in a mosquito control service from Southeast Florida Pest Control can put a defense around your home that will keep blood sucking mosquitoes from coming into close proximity to you and your loved ones. Call us today to get started!