What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are flying biting pests that belong to the order Diptera and are, therefore, “true flies.” Mosquitoes are best known for the female’s ability to deliver painful bites that leave behind raised red welts. One of the most common and problematic species of mosquito that plagues our area of Florida is the Asian tiger mosquito. Named because of the white stripes that cover their black body and legs and the single stripe that runs down their head and back. Asian tiger mosquitoes have a striking appearance. Adults grow to about a quarter of an inch in length. Asian tiger mosquitoes are native to Southeast Asian but have spread across the world to inhabit a variety of regions. The hot, humid climate found in Florida allows these mosquitoes to thrive.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
All mosquitoes are dangerous, but the Asian tiger mosquito is particularly aggressive. These mosquitoes are active and delivering bites to people and animals throughout the day (unlike most species which rest during the heat of the day). They can carry and transmit serious diseases like the West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, eastern equine encephalitis, and parasitic heartworms to our dogs.
Not every mosquito you come across carries a disease, but many do, and they are a real threat. Their presence on your property should always be discouraged.
Why do I have a mosquito problem?
Standing water and areas of dense vegetation attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will travel some distance in search of food and standing water, but in most cases, they stay close to where they hatch. Therefore, areas near areas of standing water will have large populations of mosquitoes buzzing around.
It is also important to note that while female mosquitoes do consume blood meals, it is not their primary food source. Plant nectar is both a female and male mosquito’s main source of nutrition. Female's only consume blood meals to obtain the protein needed to develop viable eggs. So, properties with lots of flowering vegetation for mosquitoes to feed on are also very attractive to mosquitoes.
Where will I find mosquitoes?
The Asian tiger mosquito is a container breeder, which means the females will use any container (natural or artificial) that holds water to lay eggs. Old tires that have standing water in them are one of their favorite places to lay their eggs. Other areas where these and other mosquitoes will lay eggs include plant pots, buckets, trash can lids, ponds, clogged gutters, clogged drains, cans, pet water bowls, and in the water that collects in tree hollows or tree stumps.
How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
At Green Flag Services, we understand that mosquitoes are a nuisance and difficult to control and eliminate. If you are having problems with dangerous mosquitoes on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the mosquito control services needed to control mosquito populations.
If you need help reducing the numbers of mosquitoes buzzing around your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!
How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?
Don’t allow mosquitoes to take over your yard or home. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:
- Contact the professionals at Green Flag Services to work with you to put into place our environmentally responsible mosquito control services.
- If you have ground holes on your property, fill them in so that rainwater does not collect in them.
- Clear debris from gutters so that rainwater does not build-up in them.
- Store containers like buckets, wading pools, and other containers upside down when not in use.
- If you have small kiddie pools or bird baths on your property, make sure you change the water regularly.
- Do not overwater gardens. Make sure garden areas and ditches can properly drain.
- Maintain your lawn and prune back overgrown shrubs and bushes where mosquitoes can hide.
- If you have a boat, car, or anything else covered with a tarp, make sure to shake the water off its top regularly.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home by making sure door and window screens are entirely intact. Never leave windows or doors open for any period.
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