Every year millions of tourists flock to the Sunshine state to enjoy the warm sunny days, cool refreshing beaches, and endless delicious dining experiences that can be found here. Almost as many consider themselves part-time residents or ‘snowbirds’ as they come to spend several months here in order to escape the brutality of winter in the north. Many more love to call the Sunshine state home year round. No matter who you are, or your reason for being here there is one thing that we all can agree upon – Mosquitoes love the Sunshine state too!
The very thing that makes Florida attractive to human beings attracts mosquitoes in droves. They love the warm, humid air – it’s their ideal breeding ground. A single mosquito can generate as many as 3000 larvae in its short lifetime. Think about how many mosquitoes you have seen buzzing around your head just today and then multiply that by 3,000! Getting rid of all those pests would be a daunting task for anyone to manage – nearly impossible really just because of the sheer numbers.
Besides the red, itchy welts that mosquitoes cause when they feed on your skin, they can also transmit dangerous, even deadly diseases. Currently, some mosquitoes in Florida are known to carry West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis and California Encephalitis. Most of the symptoms of these diseases range from mild to severe – they can even cause death in some people. On top of that, there are several diseases that are being brought into Florida from people infected by mosquitoes in other parts of the world like: Chikungunya Fever, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Rift Valley Fever, and Malaria. The funny thing is that mosquitoes become infected with these diseases when they bite a person who has them; and a person becomes infected when they are bitten by a mosquito that carries them – it’s an endless circle of illness!
Although there is absolutely no way to completely eliminate every mosquito from your environment, there are surely things you can do to help limit your contact with these little pests and the illnesses they can transmit:
- Take care of any standing water in and around your yard. It is a breeding ground for these itchy pests.
- Stay inside during dawn and dusk hours when these flying nuisances are most active
- Be sure to stay covered if going outside is unavoidable.
- Don’t wear perfume or use flowery hygiene products - they attract mosquitoes!
- Using an insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET can also help to minimize those itching bites
The most effective way to limit your exposure to these itchy little insects, though, is to call on a professional like McCall Service. McCall offers a value bundle “shell of protection” which allows you to ‘bundle’ the most popular pest, termite and lawn programs together to save money. When you partner with us for mosquito control our professionals will inspect your property to identify sources of infestation and potential breeding grounds, apply granular larvicide to terminate mosquito larvae, and power mircro spray to treat shrubs where the adults love to hide. Be sure to contact the professionals with the knowledge and experience here at McCall to help ensure your Florida yard is not a place that mosquitoes love too.