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How To Keep Mosquitoes Away

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If you are a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, you will want to know how to keep mosquitoes away from your property. Mosquitoes are capable of traveling quite long distances and can be found just about anywhere. However, water puddles, wetlands, standing water, ponds, marshes, floodwaters and shady wooded areas are perfect attractions for mosquitoes looking for breeding grounds. In fact, almost any standing water will draw mosquitoes onto your property.


Jacksonville pest control specialists realize how difficult it is to control mosquitoes as well as the danger they pose. The male mosquito survives by sucking on the nectar of plants while the female bites humans and animals and sucks their blood in order to get the required amount of protein necessary for her eggs. This causes her to be one of the most dangerous disease vectors known. The mosquito is a common carrier of dreaded diseases like malaria and the West Nile Virus and cause many deaths each year.


Mosquitoes increase in population with hundreds of thousands being born every day. This makes it impossible to completely exterminate them. However, there are things Jacksonville residents can do to help reduce the number of mosquitoes buzzing around your property. They require standing water for breeding purposes. Thoroughly inspect your property and look for low-lying damp areas and any standing water, no matter how small it may be. It could be a discarded tire or tire swing that holds water. If used for a swing, drill drain holes in the bottom of the tire. Look for any pans or buckets that have standing water in them. For example, the water-catching tray under potted plants can hold enough water in it to hatch out hundreds of mosquitoes.


Keep heavy brush cut down around your property and remove any piles of unused wood as these can create damp habitats desirable to mosquitoes. For temporary relief, you may sit citronella candles on your deck to burn while enjoying an evening outdoors. Another thing mosquitoes don’t like is a strong breeze. Try running a fan to create a breeze that will drive the mosquitoes away from your sitting area.


Jacksonville, Florida residents should call McCall Services and inquire of their mosquito remediation services. These services are designed to decrease mosquito activity around your property. Controlling mosquito population is very difficult and one that is best left to the highly trained professionals at McCall Services. Our pros will inspect your property and identify attractive breeding sites and properly treat the area by applying preventative treatment for larvae. We will then apply a residual insecticide to prevent future mosquito problems and repeat the process monthly throughout the mosquito breeding season. Remember, your outdoor summer activities are so much more desirable without the dreaded mosquito buzz in your ear.


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