The hottest part of the year is behind us, and before too long, it’ll be time to set up the Christmas decorations. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods in terms of pest control. Southern and central Florida is never really out of the woods at all when it comes to mosquitoes. One of the perks of living in a tropical climate is lots of sunshine, but all those rays mean the temperature is often not low enough to kill off mosquitoes as it would in the northern states. Here’s why you really need to get mosquito control all year long in the southern part of the Sunshine State.
Why Floridians Need Year-Long Mosquito Control
Understanding The Mosquito Life Cycle
Mosquitoes begin their life in the water, just like frogs start as swimming tadpoles before moving to land. Female mosquitoes need a source of still, standing water where they can lay their eggs. Mosquitoes have a short lifespan. After hatching, they will spend only a few days in the larval stage before reaching adulthood. Male mosquitoes don’t need to consume blood at all. They are satisfied with eating local plants. Females are the ones that need to drink blood. Though, they don’t drink it. This is a common misunderstanding. Instead, the blood is used so their eggs can reach maturity inside their mother before she lays them. Once the female has drunk enough blood for this to happen, she will lay her eggs, and they will hatch within 48 hours. And then the cycle repeats itself, with adults living for up to two weeks, if they’re lucky. So all told, from birth to adulthood, mosquitoes will join their parents in a matter of days – increasing the size of the population plaguing your yard.
A Fork In The Road
Now, what happens in a large portion of the US is that mosquitoes will either find a place to hibernate successfully over winter or die off. This fork in their lifespan typically happens once the temperatures dip below 50 degrees. Mosquitoes are cold-blooded, and therefore can’t regulate their body temperature as we humans can. Some species will spend winter hiding in things like rotten logs or even seek out burrows where hibernating animals are sleeping. After mating for the last time in the fall, the male mosquitoes will die off while the females are looking for a place to hibernate. All that in mind, this final step of the process – where mosquitoes die off until spring – doesn’t happen here in southern-central Florida. Since our temperatures rarely dip that low, we have the joy of living with mosquitoes all year round.
How To Control Mosquitoes In Winter
Keep An Eye Out For Standing Water
This is especially important during hurricane season. All that excess rainwater can pool in every nook and cranny on your property and potentially become a mosquito nursery. Any low-lying areas in your yard, small swimming pools that lack filters, water features, wetland, old tires, flowerpots, rain barrels, gutters, the list goes on and on. Now, we’re not suggesting that you throw out your birdbath or demolish your koi pond to prevent mosquitoes. Birdbath water can easily be changed, and most water features in yards come with a pump that keeps the water flowing. It’s more important to focus on areas where standing water will be left to sit. For instance, most people will not scoop up puddled water from the middle of their lawn and dump it down the sewer. However, this is precisely the sort of place where mosquitoes could be hiding.
Call The Professionals
It’s unrealistic to expect that you could root out every mosquito hiding place. They’re just too darn small and clever. It’s not just that they need standing water; it’s how little they can make do with. Something as small as an upturned bottle cap could become a breeding ground. By hiring professionals, you can rest assured. We have the equipment and expertise to treat every square inch of your property that could possibly be harboring mosquitoes. You’ll be protecting your family from not only annoying bites but also harmful diseases. Mosquitoes carry illnesses like the West Nile virus, Zika, and even heartworm – a common but serious condition in dogs and cats.
If you genuinely want to get the most usage out of your yard, mosquito control will help you do so. You can ditch the smelly repellants and smoky citronella torches.
Get Mosquito Control Near Naples – Contact Land Art Inc
Enjoy peace of mind knowing your property is protected all year long. The mosquito control services from Land Art Inc target all the most common breeding areas. Put our 4+ decades to work for you! Give us a call at 1.800.336.5296.