What You Need To Know About Mosquitoes
Something that most people already know about mosquitoes is that they don’t want these pests swarming their outdoor spaces. Mosquitoes are biting flies; their presence in our outdoor spaces can make it impossible to enjoy being outside. Use our pest guide to learn about mosquitoes, what attracts them to outdoor spaces, and how to control their numbers. Here at Mitchell Pest, we want to help you take back your property from swarming mosquitoes and enjoy spending time in your backyard!
Frequently Asked Questions About Mosquitoes
What are mosquitoes?
More than 150 different kinds of mosquitoes live throughout the United States. They live in large populations in regions where temperatures are warm and humidity is high. Unfortunately, Fort Lauderdale is a place where mosquitoes live in large populations.
The mosquito is a small fly identified by its narrow gray body, long, thin legs, and long, piercing mouthpart (proboscis). Females are the mosquitoes we dread, as they are responsible for delivering the painful, itchy bites these pests are known for. Plant nectar is the primary food source for male and female mosquitoes, but females need to supplement their diet with blood meals. The protein they get from the blood of warm-blooded mammals allows them to create their eggs.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
There are many reasons why mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous and unwanted pests to take over our properties. First and foremost, mosquitoes spread diseases like West Nile virus in Florida that can make people seriously ill. Secondly, mosquitoes spread parasitic heartworm to our pets like dogs and cats. Heartworm disease, left untreated, will cause a deadly infection. Finally, mosquitoes are annoying pests that swarm us as we try to spend time outside. Their bites can be relentless and leave behind unsightly, itchy welts. Excessive scratching at mosquito bites can lead to secondary infections that require medical attention.
Sharing your property with large numbers of mosquitoes is unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. Partnering with a Fort Lauderdale pest control professional is the best way to control these biting pests.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
While our warm climate draws people to Fort Lauderdale to enjoy our outdoor spaces, it also provides outdoor pests like mosquitoes with the perfect place to call home. You have a problem with mosquitoes on your property because these pests live outside all around us. Properties with or near a lot of dense vegetation that offer them daytime resting spots and multiple areas of standing water (breeding sites) typically experience the most problems with mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
Mosquito populations are at their highest numbers in Fort Lauderdale during the spring and summer when we experience a lot of heavy rainfall. The standing water from rainstorms offers female mosquitoes many places to lay their eggs. Because a mosquito’s life cycle is short (around seven days), new populations of mosquitoes can explode after periods of rain.
In our yards, mosquitoes rest during the day in areas of shade like tall grass, landscaping plants, tree canopies, and underneath decks. It is also common to find mosquitoes swarming around breeding sites like water that has collected in clogged gutters, on top of tarps, in trashcans, and in low-lying areas. While some mosquitoes are active during the day, the majority are most active at dawn and dusk.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate mosquitoes from our properties, but there are ways to manage their populations. The best way to control their numbers and stop mosquitoes from taking over your property is to partner with a professional.
At Mitchell Pest, our highly trained technicians are committed to caring for the environment as well as our customers' needs. You can trust us to significantly control mosquito numbers on your property. Our professionals know the mosquitoes in our region and always take into consideration Florida’s unique climate. Call today to learn more about our effective mosquito control and treatment options.
How do I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Use the following tips to help keep mosquitoes away from your Fort Lauderdale property:
- Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
- Don’t allow plants and trees on your property to become overgrown.
- Remove areas of standing water from your property.
- Fill in low-lying areas and remove yard debris that collects rainwater.
- Implement plants that deter mosquitoes into your landscape, like lavender, citrus, basil, lemongrass, and geraniums.
The best way to prevent problems with mosquitoes is by partnering with Mitchell Pest! For mosquito control and prevention for your property, call today.
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