Florida’s tropical climate with year-round moderate to warm temperatures and plenty of humidity, mosquitoes can be active in Florida every month of the year. However, like in other regions of the US, mosquitoes are most active in the summer months from June through August. With temperatures rising, parts of the southeast and Florida are seeing mosquito activity ramp up as early as February and March. Mosquito alates mate in the spring and summer, swarming to find a mate after evening rain showers. As a homeowner, you should take precautions to deter mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard, ruining your BBQs and pool parties. Female mosquitoes need a blood meal and must be in standing water to breed, so . . .
- Eliminate all standing water on your property
- Declutter your yard, storing extra gardening equipment indoors
- Remove kids’ toys that can collect water and store them in an indoor storage space
- Change pet water bowls and birdbath water every other day
- Make sure your gutters are clean and downspouts are draining properly
- Eliminate any dense shady areas in your yard where mosquitoes rest during the day
Across Pinellas County contact Pestwise if mosquitoes are invading your outdoor gathering spaces. Our mosquito reduction services are the perfect solution to your West Florida home’s mosquito issues whether it’s spring, summer, or fall. We offer a unique mosquito control system called In2Care that utilizes mosquito biology and behavior to reduce mosquitoes and their breeding sites from your property. We also offer a mosquito misting service that reduces adult mosquitoes in your yard as well as larvicides that can be applied directly to breeding sites where standing water is found so this is a step in the treatment process
How do I get rid of mosquitoes in Florida?
Mosquitoes in Florida are prevalent and are showing no signs of slowing down. There are a few things you can do to prevent mosquitoes from spoiling your spring and summer backyard gatherings and dinners but getting rid of mosquitoes completely in Florida is almost impossible. Eliminate standing water from your property and correct areas with poor drainage, as well as places in your yard that tend to collect water. Water collecting vessels include kids’ toys, patio furniture, leftover gardening containers, bottle caps, and any other thing that can hold a bottle cap's worth of water. Birdbaths and pet water bowls should be changed out every other day and any nearby areas of dense vegetation should be cleared out, as these are the places mosquitoes like to hide out in during the daytime.
Many plants, such as citronella may mask the CO2 that mosquitoes are attracted to in humans, as do sprays and other mosquito deterring devices. If mosquitoes in your backyard are killing the fun for your outdoor plans, contact an experienced local pest control professional, such as Pestwise to inspect your property. When inspecting your yard, our team will point out areas of standing water, vegetation that needs trimming as well as make recommendations for additional services targeted at mosquito reduction based on the severity of your home’s mosquito issues. In West Florida, we commonly install the In2Care Mosquito Trap System. An innovative, environmentally-friendly, easy-to-install system, the In2Care station attracts female adult mosquitoes with novel and green ingredients that target both larvae and adults. Trap activity extends to the surrounding area, as well. Pestwise also offers a service that targets mosquito adults in a misting system applied to plants where mosquitoes like to hide.
Why are the mosquitoes so bad in Florida right now?
The southeast has seen a lot of rain over the past few years with relatively mild winters. Also, several hurricanes and tropical storms have drenched Florida in summer storms. With floodwaters standing for long periods, mosquitoes have more opportunities to breed than usual. The mosquitoes may or may not actually be worse in Florida but people may have noticed them more recently because they’re spending more time outdoors than in previous years.
While you are outdoors, you can help make your backyard less conducive to mosquitoes by clearing your yard and patio of things that can hold water. Standing water, in kids’ toys, planters, pet water bowls, birdbaths, tires, and other items in your yard encourages mosquitoes to breed in these areas. Decluttering your yard as well as storing toys, garden equipment, and other tools in your garage or a storage shed can make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes. Dense, shaded vegetation, clogged gutters, and low lying, water-prone areas can also contribute to offering mosquitoes places to hide out in the daytime. Correcting water-prone areas in addition to changing the water in dog bowls and birdbaths can deter mosquito breeding, as well. Wearing insect repellent with DEET is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when outdoors gardening, mowing lawns, taking walks, grilling, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Insect repellent, plants, citronella candles, tiki torches, and other DIY (do-it-yourself) mosquito fighting products and devices only mask the scents that attract mosquitoes to humans.
If you are interested in using your outdoor spaces more in the spring and summer, contact a professional West Florida pest control company, such as Pestwise to help reduce mosquitoes on your property. We offer the In2Care Mosquito Trap system that attracts adult mosquitoes and treats adult and mosquito larvae with environmentally friendly materials that affect all of the mosquitoes in an area and not just the mosquitoes in the traps. Pestwise also offers a mosquito misting system that coats leaves with adulticides to reduce mosquito populations in your yard. From Clearwater and everywhere in between, you can count on Pestwise to help get your mosquito situation under control.
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