It's a well-known fact that Florida harbors some mighty big mosquito infestations. In fact, the Orlando Sentinel wrote a report within the past two years about how Miami and Fort Lauderdale rank as two of the worst mosquito cities in the U.S. Although Sarasota didn't make the list, it still has its share of mosquito problems. These biting pests thrive in Florida's hot, humid climate and live for only two things: breeding and feeding.
Mosquitoes require water for breeding, so what better place than Florida where it rains in the afternoon almost daily. The added humidity keeps the moisture in the air, making it feel wet and sticky when you step outside. Standing water turns stagnant after some time and makes the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. The females lay their eggs in the water, and within a day or two, the larvae emerge and quickly grow into adults.
Removing any standing water on your property will drastically reduce mosquito numbers. Turn over unused pots that could collect rainwater, and fill up any holes in the yard or places like tree stumps and sidewalks.
Overgrown shrubbery gives mosquitoes a place to rest when they're not looking for humans to feed on. Keep the shrubs and hedges cut regularly to avoid unwanted infestations.
Tall grass also serves as a resting spot for mosquitoes. You may need to increase your mowing frequency per month to reduce mosquitoes that use your lawn for congregating.
Planting flowers such as marigolds and geraniums can help keep away the mosquitoes. You can also plant garlic in your garden or keep pots of lemongrass in your yard to prevent nasty infestations.
Pest control professionals can help to identify mosquito-prone areas in your yard. They can apply treatments to get rid of infestations and use preventative techniques to ward off future pests. Mosquitoes carry diseases such as the Zika virus and the West Nile virus, so it's always a good idea to take a proactive approach to mosquito control.
Don't let mosquitoes take over your property. Contact Arrow Environmental Services for a mosquito inspection today. Our team will treat any current mosquito populations, eliminate trouble spots and provide a customized preventative solution for combating any future infestations.