Anyone outside the southeast may already be moving into fall, and while it technically is fall already, we in Florida will be hanging on to summer (and hurricane season) for at least the next month or so. Fall in Florida often ushers in slightly lower temperatures (mid 80’s instead of mid 90's) but no shortage of rain thanks to the fact that hurricane season lasts through the entire month of October. And with all of the risks associated with hurricane season also comes soggy, humid yards that are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Adult mosquitoes commonly lay their eggs in damp vegetation or in still water.
Remove Their Habitat
Since we know that mosquitoes often lay their eggs in standing water, one valuable pest control measure is to remove that water from your premises. That can include standing puddles in low lying parts of your property, or even water that has pooled in buckets, birdbaths, or children’s toys in your lawn. If you have a pond, swimming pool, or other bodies of water, make sure that its pump is functioning properly to allow water to continue flowing so that you don’t promote mosquito reproduction. If you have a recurring issue with drainage on your property you might consider having your lawn graded to avoid unnecessary puddles.
In addition to clearing up your lawn, you may consider more traditional pest control methods. Many homeowners are tempted to take this on in a do-it-yourself manner, however improperly used pest control chemicals can be harmful to important fauna. For instance, if flowering plants are accidentally sprayed it can cause serious harm to pollinators like bees which are vitally important to our environment. We always recommend consulting with a professional service before making any pest control product purchases for your property.
In addition to treating your lawn, you may consider installing fans or investing in citronella candles and torches which are all common methods for keeping mosquitoes away from your outdoor living areas. When you live in the hot, humid southeast, it can be difficult to totally get rid of mosquitoes, so finding ways to live with them is always a good investment.
Mosquitoes are some of the most hated pests and most frequently encountered pests that homeowners complain about. If they’re making it difficult for your family to enjoy your property give us a call today.