Getting bit by mosquitoes is one of the worst things. It’s a major annoyance. It makes you not want to go outside. It makes you nervous and uncomfortable when you are outside. You will constantly be on guard. You want to swat any mosquitoes that land on you. When you are done with your activity, invariably, you will have been bitten.
Mosquito bites itch for days. Mosquitoes can carry disease as well. Mosquitoes are truly terrible. Luckily there are some steps you can take to discourage them from being on your property. And if that isn’t enough, you can call Infinite Pest Solutions to get professional help eliminating mosquitoes from your property. Reduce the number of mosquito bites to zero. Here are some steps.
Basic Mosquito Control steps
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Anywhere there is standing water is a potential place for mosquitoes to breed. Examples of standing water include ponds, puddles, and even bird baths. The Florida Department of Health recently released a mosquito advisory:
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
- Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
- Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
If you have a pond on your property, you can purchase fish that feed on mosquitoes. Gambusia holbrooki, Mosquito Fish are used to reduce mosquito populations. The fish eat the mosquito larvae. As a big plus Mosquito Fish are native to Florida. Because they are native, Mosquito Fish are used to Florida’s environment and do well in it. They can be put in artificial ponds, natural ponds, and abandoned swimming pools.
If you don’t want to get fish, you can fill in or drain ponds and bodies of water on your property.
It is a good idea to protect your body from mosquitoes. The best way to protect your body is by covering as much of it as possible or mosquito repellent.
The Florida Department of Health recommends:
- Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves.
- Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
- Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
If you find your home under attack of mosquitoes and can’t seem to kick them out, call Florida’s Authority on Pest Control. We will get your home taken care of.