When does mosquito season in Florida end?
Florida’s subtropical climate is one of the biggest perks people love about living in the “Sunshine State”. Unfortunately, that warm weather attracts another species that enjoys hot, moist environments—the mosquito. In fact, the mosquito might possibly be the most hated pest in Florida. Although the dangerously destructive termite is also on the top of the list. Mosquito season in Florida can be a nightmare for its human residents. As a member of the National Pest Management Association, and Florida residents just like you, your pest control professionals at Superior Spray know about living with the seemingly ever-present threat of mosquitoes, Read on to learn more about the details about mosquito season in Florida.
When is mosquito season?
The timing of mosquito season, no matter where you live, is determined by two factors: rainfall and temperature. Unfortunately, humidity and rainfall often go hand in hand. This means states with warmer climates, like Florida, are a prime habitat for mosquitos. These insects become lethargic at temperatures under 60 degrees and cannot function at all when it’s less than 50 degrees. However, in Florida, the temperature rarely gets that low for an extended period of time. Moreover, mosquitos are a species that has aquatic larvae. This means they lay their eggs in water. In addition to being a peninsula bordered by an ocean and a gulf, Florida has more than 30,000 lakes. Add up all these factors and it’s no surprise that mosquito season in Florida is practically year-round in most of the Sunshine State.
Should I be concerned about mosquitoes?
Florida has the largest population of mosquitoes in the United States! We boast an outstanding variety of 80 different mosquito species, and 34 of those cause health-related issues for Floridians and their pets. In particular, 13 species of mosquitoes found in Florida can transmit or carry extremely dangerous diseases. That includes the Tiger Mosquito, which is both one of the most common types of mosquitoes in Florida and notorious for spreading fatal diseases worldwide.
The dangerous diseases that mosquitoes can spread include:
- Zika Virus
- West Nile Virus
- Chikungunya Virus
- Dengue Virus
- Eastern Equine, Japanese, La Crosse, and/or St. Louis Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- E Coli
How can you protect yourself during mosquito season?
Reducing Stagnant Water: Any area of stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Make sure to empty any containers regularly that catch rainwater: bird baths, ceramic pots, wading pools, ornamental yard statues, buckets, wheelbarrows, gutters, planters, swimming pools, and sandboxes. Keep any ornamental pools and koi ponds stocked with fish, as they will keep the reproduction rates of mosquitos down.
Personal Protection: Burning citronella candles, or wearing mosquito repellents, are both great ways to keep these pests at bay during the mosquito season. Also, covering exposed skin is helpful when in an area known for mosquitos, especially near lakes, swamp or forested areas.
Contact Professionals: If your mosquito problem is out of hand or you want maximum protection against these blood-sucking insects, contact a qualified pest control operator like Superior Spray Service to help. Our mosquito barrier spray treatments can be applied and start working in minutes. These treatments bond to your grass and foliage and go to work right away, repelling mosquitoes for up to 21 days at a time.
Mosquito Repellant Service in Florida
Superior Spray Service is proud to provide our pest control expertise to residential and commercial customers in Central and Northwest Florida. If you’re in Lakeland, Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola, Milton, Pace, Santa Rosa, Navarre and surrounding areas you should contact us today. We also offer lawn pest control and fertilizing as well. To find out more about any of our services, call us today at (863) 682-0700 or contact us online.