The Dangers of Mosquitoes in Florida
Anyone who’s lived in our great state for any period of time knows that Florida mosquitoes are absolutely relentless. When your home has a mosquito infestation, not only do they eat you up like crazy, but there’s always the danger that they’re carrying viruses such as yellow fever, zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, etc. This is why learning how to kill mosquitoes, or at least prevent them from biting you, is something every homeowner should know.
How to Prevent and Kill Mosquitoes
Mosquito populations in a single area can range anywhere from just a few of the blood-sucking critters to several dozen and sometimes even in the hundreds. Due to the danger they present, many homeowners want to know how to kill mosquitoes or, barring that, how to keep these insects off their property. To get you started on the road to mosquito freedom, here are five tactics that will help you either kill or avoid these harmful pests:
Remove Standing Water
Although most pests are attracted to water sources located around your home, mosquitoes are especially drawn to it for some reason. This is especially true in the rainy season when homeowners often let water stay on the ground for a long period of time. You can help cut down your mosquito population by removing any standing water, particularly following any amount of rainfall.
Magnets and Zappers
If you’ve been trying to keep mosquitoes away from your property and haven’t had a lot of luck, we suggest you use magnets and electronic zappers. While magnets will attract these pests with CO2 and then trap them inside (where they’ll eventually die), zappers eliminate mosquitoes by hitting them with electricity. Just keep in mind that both of these devices will kill other insects, as well, which may be a bad thing since some insects are beneficial.
Reduce Tall Vegetation
Mosquitoes are often found in tall vegetation such as plants and shrubs. This protects them from predators and the hot Florida sun. By trimming your vegetation down to approximately fives inches, the mosquitoes will be much less likely to be found there because it will no longer be an effective mosquito haven.
Install a Mosquito Misting System
Many homeowners are aware that installing a misting system consisting simply of water will help keep mosquitoes at bay. What you may not know is that you can also get a misting system that sprays chemicals. This type of misting system kills mosquitoes immediately by dousing them with the chemical as they fly nearby, killing them upon contact.
Plant Natural Repellents
If you want to get rid of mosquitoes invading your property, there are several different types of natural repellents you can try.
Here are some of the plants that will not only repel mosquitoes but will also beautify your garden and landscape:
- Lemon balm
Personal Mosquito Sprays
If you have trouble getting rid of mosquitoes and haven’t had a chance to call a professional exterminator yet, be sure that you’re using a personal spray to stop them from biting you. Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes because they have a certain blood type (type O is twice as attractive as type A). Regardless, a spray will help keep them away.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control to Learn How to Kill Mosquitos on Your Property
The professionals at ProHealth Pest Control take great pride in knowing how to kill mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, rodents, bed bugs, termites, and all other pests using safer, organic methods. If you have any questions about mosquito control or any of our pest control services, reach out by calling 727-310-0521 today to schedule a free consultation.