Mosquito Problems in Florida?
Floridians are famous for their outdoor activities which include events like Birthday Parties, Picnics, BBQ’s, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, walking, biking, and just enjoying the Florida sunshine. The swarming mosquito population in Florida can quickly ruin fun events in a matter of minutes. Because Green Tech Termite & Pest Control has been getting numerous inquiries on this important matter, we decided to help our customers out by offering the Mosquito Sentry®. The Mosquito Sentry® emits a vapor repellent into the air the drives mosquitos out of your yard. Like most of our products at Green Tech Termite & Pest Control, the vapor repellent in the Mosquito Sentry® is safe for humans and pets. Rest assured that you can rid your yard of mosquitos without having to worry about chemicals harming your family or pets.
Mosquito Sentry® Plugin Repellent System defends up to 2000 square feet for up to 20 hours with just 1 fill-up.
Mosquito Sentry® Portable Repellent System defends up to 300 square feet and goes wherever you need protection.
Mosquito Sentry® Portable Zapper can be placed away from where you are so that mosquitoes are pulled away from you.
Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home
Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. Keep gutters clear so they will drain properly.
Check and empty:
- Children’s toys
- Trash cans and lids
- Untreated swimming pools
- Uncovered boats / watercrafts that arn’t draining water
- Stock untreated and decorative pools with mosquito fish.
- Remove, drain and/or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.
- Change water in birdbaths and flush bromeliads once or twice a week.
- Irrigate lawns & gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
- Check around faucets & air conditioner units, and repair leaks so puddles don’t develop.
- Do not allow water to accumulate at the base of flower pots or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
Don’t forget to drain and cover
Drain standing water from any container where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
Cover your bare skin and clothing with repellent if you must be outside when mosquitoes are most active during the hours of dusk and dawn. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months.
Mosquito Facts and Biology
Mosquitoes are a problem to humans and domestic animals because they are annoying and may carry disease. Residents can reduce mosquito numbers in their neighborhood by removing breeding sources around their homes. Water holding containers such as bird baths, pet water dishes, plant saucers, children’s pools, boats, and junk such as old tires, and discarded appliances are ideal breeding spots.
Mosquitoes must have water to develop. The eggs are laid on water, on the side of containers, or moist soil that may flood. Upon hatching, they go through several stages of development, and emerge as adult mosquitoes in about one week. Larvae hatch from the eggs and live, feed, and grow in the water. Fully grownlarvae develop into pupae. During the pupal stage, feeding stops and after 2 or 3 days, the adult mosquito emerges from the pupa.
Female mosquitoes mate with male mosquitoes and fly off in search of a blood meal. Only female mosquitoes take a blood meal. They lay eggs a few days later, and the cycle begins again. Mosquitoes that develop in man made containers usually found around the home have a short flight range. Adult mosquitoes may live 2-3 weeks, but during this time the female can take several blood meals and lay hundreds of eggs.
Mosquitoes and Disease
Mosquitoes are vectors (carriers) of many diseases around the world. These diseases have been practically eliminated as a result of effective mosquito control,medical treatment, and improved living conditions; however, the potential for new outbreaks still exists.The major classes of illness spread by mosquitoes in Florida are the viral encephalitis viruses, such as WestNile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and most recently Dengue Fever.
Dengue Fever from Mosquitos
After several decades of absence, dengue fever has recently been reported in Miami-Dade County. Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the most common mosquito in our area which breeds in water holding containers around homes. Dengue fever starts with a sudden high fever, often 104° to 105° Fahrenheit, and sometimes a reddish skin rash appears. Other symptoms include: headache (particularly behind the eyes), muscle and joint pains, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Mosquito Control usually asks for your help to prevent more cases of dengue fever. You can help by eliminating standing water from any containers and by protecting from mosquito bites.
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* Source is Miami Dade County Library