What are mosquitoes?
Unlike most other pests on residential properties, mosquitoes don’t seem to serve many beneficial purposes for the environment. However, many don’t know that only female mosquitoes consume blood, not males. They both consume nectar and honeydew, helping to pollinate, though. However, Mosquitoes provide a vital food source for many other animals.
The cons outweigh the pros for most people when it comes to these delicate flying insects, and they are only seen as an annoyance.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Mosquitoes are known as the most dangerous insects globally, which may be shocking as they are so abundant in Florida. These pests are known to carry many different dangerous diseases. In the U.S., Zika, heartworm, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile virus are transmitted by mosquitoes. In other parts of the world, these pests can spread many more deadly diseases.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
As stated before, Florida is home to some of the worst mosquitoes because mosquitoes need stagnant water to reproduce. With the amount of rain we receive each year, it is easy to see how our state can provide many potential breeding sites for these pests. Plus, our year-round warm temperatures mean that mosquitoes have a longer season here than in other states.
Some properties are more susceptible to large populations of these pests if they have a lot of standing water, provide adequate shade, and have flowering plants.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
While mosquitoes need warm temperatures to survive, they can’t last long in the hot sun. In your yard, you will likely find mosquitoes in shady areas such as in tall grass, foliage, inside sheds or other outbuildings, and around compost piles.
Other areas where mosquitoes will likely be are near standing water. These pests only need a few inches of water to reproduce, so don’t overlook the smallest amounts. You can find standing water on your property in places like pools, birdbaths, recreational equipment like kayaks, planters, ground holes, and clogged gutters.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
DIY pest control for mosquitoes in the Tampa Bay area might keep them away for a few hours, but it won’t significantly affect these pests. To keep you and your family safe, utilize professional home pest control services that get to the root of your mosquitoes problems.
At Haskell Termite & Pest Control, we can help reduce mosquito populations on your property. We offer free quotes on our services, and all our work is guaranteed, so you can count on us to keep your yard mosquito-free.
To learn more about how we can help protect you and your family from annoying Florida mosquitoes with our preventative pest control, contact us at Haskell Termite & Pest Control.
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
When most people think of mosquito prevention, they think of store-bought sprays and candles. While these products can help keep these pests away from individuals for a short time, they won’t keep mosquitoes away from your entire property long term.
To help reduce mosquito populations in your yard:
- Don’t overwater plants.
- Fill in any ground holes that collect water.
- Keep your gutters clear.
- Empty birdbaths.
- Use filters in ponds and other landscape features.
- Properly store any items that may catch and hold water like kayaks, wheelbarrows, and children’s toys.
- Keep your lawn and foliage trimmed short to reduce shaded areas.
- Remove any unnecessary debris from your yard, like unused play structures and old sheds.
Implementing these tips along with professional services will yield the best possible results for keeping mosquitoes away from your property.
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