Any Floridian who spends time outdoors will agree that mosquitoes are annoying. With their itchy, welt-like bites and high, whining buzz, they can bring a cookout or pool party to an end faster than just about anything else. In more serious terms, mosquitoes can actually be deadly. That’s why you need to understand the dangers they pose, how to spot them and, most importantly, how you can banish them from your property.
The appearance of mosquitoes is very familiar to most people. Possessing only a single pair of wings, they have long, thin legs and a head with a prominent proboscis. Their bodies and wings are usually covered with tiny scales. Although only an eighth to three-quarters of an inch in size, mosquitoes have a massive effect on humanity. They are carriers of some of the world’s most fatal diseases, including malaria, which sickens a full ten percent of the world’s population each year and kills almost three thousand African children every day. Here in Florida, mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis. Florida’s tropical climate is ideal for the proliferation of these insects.
When a mosquito bites you, the culprit is always female. The itchy welt that arises is your body’s allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva. She is not sucking your blood to feed herself; she is using it to nourish her eggs. She herself eats nectar and other kinds of plant sugars.
Florida just wouldn’t be Florida without a few mosquitoes here and there, but here are signs to look for if you suspect the occasional annoyance is turning into an outright infestation. First, you will probably notice many itchy bites on yourself or other family members after being outdoors on your property. In addition, you may see mosquito larvae in standing water, including in ponds and puddles, gutters, uncovered swimming pools, and watering containers for plants. Considering that one female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs at a time, infestations don’t take long to germinate.
If you believe your population of mosquitoes has exploded to dangerous levels, don’t try to eradicate them on your own. Your friendly and experienced Diligent Pest Control representative will partner with you to address the problem from start to finish. First, a full inspection of your property will take place. You will find out what species of mosquitoes you have and learn about the best procedure to remove them. Next, your Diligent Services professional will apply insecticides to the vegetation that adult mosquitoes use for shelter, apply chemical growth regulators that keep the insects from developing in watery places, and treat moist areas with antimicrobials that kill the developing mosquitoes. Finally, the professional will give you recommendations and tips to help you keep these insects out of your home and away from your vegetation, thus reducing the likelihood of future infestations.