In northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, where much of the year is hot and humid, and standing water abounds, mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance – they can transmit diseases like the Zika virus and West Nile virus. At best, a mosquito bite will give you an uncomfortable irritation, and at worst, they could present serious health implications.
Florida’s Favorable Mosquito Conditions
Our warm and humid weather allows mosquitoes to be a constant threat. While a male mosquito can only live for approximately 10 days, females can live up to two months and require our tropical weather patterns to continuously breed. That said, the weather that enables us to spend a majority of the year outdoors also lets mosquitoes continue reproducing throughout the year. With prime conditions, mosquitos in the area produce more offspring and last longer, with little to no period of inactivity, meaning mosquitoes are especially a problem for our Bug Out service areas.
Despite needing the heat to survive and reproduce, the sun dries mosquitoes out. They prefer to stay in shady areas and are typically more active during the early morning and late afternoon hours. While you can douse yourself in bug spray when you go outside or put up bug-zappers, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to target mosquitoes from the start by preventing their reproduction.
Professional Mosquito Treatments
A mosquito doesn’t live that long, relatively, so smacking or zapping the adults won’t significantly curb your mosquito problem. Females can lay up to 100 eggs at a time, and will look for standing water (mud puddles, birdbaths, rain barrels, etc.) in which to lay their eggs. This water is needed for the larvae to hatch and eventually develop into another full-grown, reproducing adult mosquito within five to 14 days. Given the extreme amount of eggs that can be laid at a time, and the fact that mature females can lay up to ten times in their lives, unchecked mosquito populations can quickly grow out of hand.
The most effective way to control a mosquito problem is to prevent egg-laying in the first place and attack the larvae. Our professional technicians will complete an inspection to identify any high-risk areas where standing water could be a breeding ground. Our techs will also apply mosquito growth regulators and contact insecticides on your property to prevent the larvae from ever reaching adulthood and kill any active mosquitoes.
Contact Us to Fight Back Against Mosquitoes
Whether preventing irritating bites or a more serious health condition, count on the Bug Out mosquito experts to effectively rid your property of this pest. Our technicians know what to look for and how to treat infestations. They can provide preventative measures as well as extermination tactics, so you can enjoy the outdoors all year long. Call us today for a free service quote and a chance at a bite-free summer. There are over 80 species of mosquitoes in Florida and Georgia – let us help protect you from all of them.