How to Prevent & Get Rid of Mosquitoes Indoors & Outdoors of Your Summerfield FL House
It should be no surprise to anyone that there are a ton of mosquitoes in South Florida. The tropical South Florida climate is especially conductive to the mosquito lifestyle because they are attracted to moisture and humidity for breeding and laying eggs. These annoying bloodsuckers turned into deadly disease carriers for Floridians due to the region’s high-profile and entanglement with Zika. Potentially serious mosquito-borne diseases include eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus that can cause brain damage and even death along with chikungunya that can cause fever, rash and severe joint pain along with other health issues. Mosquito activity will begin when temperatures reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will thrive in hot weather, reaching its peak in the hot summer months; making Florida a hot spot for them. The mosquito season ends once the temperature dips below 50 degrees F. The temperatures in Florida make it possible to have mosquitoes all year long!
Prevention of Mosquitoes
Most of us don’t really think about mosquitoes until we have red, itchy welts on our skin and all it takes is a swarm of these pests to ruin a perfectly nice evening outside. It’s always a good time to keep mosquitoes away so make your yard less inviting and limit access into your home. Don’t let water collect on your property by removing any items that will hold stagnant water. These items may include birdfeeders, old tires, flowerpots and buckets. Mosquitos only need a small amount of water to breed and lay eggs. Clean out gutters because gutters that get clogged with leaves and other debris will cause water to collect and will attract mosquitoes. Fill low-lying areas and hollow logs that can collect water after a rainfall. They need to be filled in and other trouble spots need to be addressed. Fill in or remove hollow logs to eliminate a potential habitat from water collecting. Inspect window screens because mosquitoes can get through the tiniest of openings in screens. You need to repair any rips and tears or replace your screens that have smaller openings. Seal any openings that that mosquitoes will use to get in and take care of any leaks that will allow water to pool. You can also try using bug lights. While yellow bug lights might not keep mosquitoes away, it can do a lot to make your property less appealing when the evening hours arrive. In smaller areas, citronella candles can be effective or you can also try coils or bug zappers. Try and avoid being outside when they’re hungry. These times are early morning or at dusk.
Home Mosquito Control
The best way to mosquito control is to remove all standing water, wear protective clothing and use lots of bug spray with DEET or picaridin. It’s important to remember that all mosquito control programs need to be long-term to last throughout the mosquito season. Quick-fix methods won’t get the job done. If you’re having a problem with mosquitoes, contact pest control for treatment options. Call Pest911 today to find out how we can help!