October is the month for all things spooky, but it’s not just the jack- o-lanterns, costumes and movies that are giving homeowners the frights. Bed bugs, spiders and other creepy crawlies are likely to send Floridians screeching for help and while they are indeed scary and definitely nasty, mosquitoes should not be slashed from the list of Halloween pests.
Yes, mosquitoes. Forget the multiple legged spiders and biting bed bugs, according to the Entomology Laboratory at the University of Florida, there are three very important mosquito-borne diseases that occur in Florida:
Eastern equine encephalitis
St. Louis encephalitis
West Nile fever/encephalitis
To discourage mosquitoes from living or breeding around your home or office and to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Florida Department of Health encourages property owners to practice Drain and Cover.
Mosquitoes require water to breed. Eliminate (or DRAIN) standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
Old tires, flower pots and broken appliances as well as other items that can hold water should be discarded or stored so that water cannot accumulate.
Birdbaths and water elements in your landscaping should be emptied and cleaned a least once or twice a week.
Cover boats and vehicles with tarps so that rain and other water cannot accumulate.
Maintain the water balance in your swimming pool and empty plastic pools when not in use.
Eliminate opportunities for mosquitoes to bite you and your family members.
Cover up when mosquitoes are active. This includes wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when outside.
Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. For more information on how to pick a proper repellent, please click here.
Keep mosquitoes out of your home by repairing or replacing torn screens over doors and windows.
To learn more about mosquitoes in Florida or to find out how McCall Service can help you eliminate mosquito activity in and around your home, please contact our Florida pest control company today. With mosquito control and pest control service available in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee and Ocala as well as throughout Northern Florida, we are ready to be your trusted Florida exterminators.