Effective Mosquito Control Gives You Peace of Mind
No matter where a person goes in Florida, it seems impossible to avoid mosquitoes and their accompanying bites. Mosquitoes absolutely love Florida’s environment, especially the sub-tropical climate, standing water and humidity. It’s little wonder why at least 80 species of mosquitoes have been identified in Florida! Mosquito pests also love to ruin things like pool parties, barbecues, outdoor gatherings, weddings and sporting events. You can think of mosquitoes as the insect variety of unwelcome party crashers.
Not only are their bites annoying and itchy due to the bumps they cause, but lately mosquitoes have been in the news due to deadly viruses and diseases they can spread. Some of these diseases include exotic sounding illnesses like Elephantiasis, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever. Others are Encephalitis, Malaria and West Nile virus. Most recently, we’ve heard of the growing problem of the Zika Virus.
What Is Zika Virus and What Are The Ramifications?
Zika virus was first discovered among rhesus monkeys in the 1940s and spread to humans in the 1950s. It has recently infected over 30 countries in the Americas and in the Pacific Islands. The biggest concerns are the recently identified links of Zika Fever to Microcephaly in newborn infants and to Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults. In February of 2016, Zika Fever was named a Public Health Emergency of International concern. This information alone has caused a surge of residents in mosquito attractive areas to become very concerned, and to become even more intent on removing these pests from their yards and home areas.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico, but not elsewhere in the United States. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.
What Is Attractive To Mosquitoes?
The main things that attract mosquitoes are relatively simple. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide people emit when they breathe, bacteria on people’s skin, movement, dark colors and the blood of mammals, amphibians and even fish. The reason they need blood is to supply protein to their developing eggs and larvae.
A female mosquito usually lays her eggs in places with standing water, and then they become attached to the edges of hosting water supplies. This means mosquitoes can breed in ponds, pools, puddles and in items people leave outdoors like vases, old tires, bird baths, pool covers and buckets.
Mosquito Control Is Best Left to Experts
Homeowners sometimes attempt to handle mosquito control on their own, with sketchy results. Simply spraying areas where they’ve been seen is often not enough and can harm the environment more than it helps. Professionals from Custom Green Lawns and Pest Control use mosquito control treatments that rely on known procedures and larvicides to stop mosquitoes where they start. This means treating areas prone to standing water, or areas like dense brush, places without good ventilation and hiding spots like underneath patio decks.
Protecting your home and family from disease carrying mosquitoes is of paramount importance. Custom Green Lawns and Pest Control knows this and would love to have you call for a free mosquito inspection. We can evaluate your situation and come up with an effective plan for mosquito control treatments that are custom tailored to your needs.
Contact Custom Green Lawns and Pest Control today at (407) 697-3990.