mosquitoSpring has arrived in Orlando, and that means the weather is warming up and rains are becoming more frequent. This creates ideal conditions for mosquitoes. These biting pests will remain active until cooler weather arrives in the fall. Until then, homeowners will need to rely on Orlando pest control methods to control mosquitoes.

Mosquito Habitats

Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, properties that collect water are a favorite habitat of mosquitoes. If your backyard has a pond, depressions that collect rainwater, or other sources of standing water, mosquitoes could be drawn to the area.

Some types of mosquitoes rest in thick vegetation, like shrubs. They hide and wait for suitable hosts to pass by. If you have a lot of thick foliage in your yard, these mosquitoes may be attracted to your property.

Sometimes, mosquitoes can even live indoors. Mosquitoes can fly through open doors or open windows, and rest in moist, sheltered areas. You might find them hiding under your sinks or in your laundry room.

Dangers of Mosquitoes

Mosquito bites are very itchy, but that’s not the worst part. Through their bites, they can spread dangerous diseases to people. In Florida, these diseases include West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and Eastern equine encephalitis. Diseases from other parts of the world, like dengue fever or malaria, can be brought to Florida if infected people are bitten by Florida mosquitoes.  

How to Control Mosquitoes

Draining standing water from your property is a key way to control mosquitoes. Empty standing water from flower pots, birdbaths, and pet water dishes regularly. Clean your gutters to ensure water doesn’t get trapped by debris. Fill any depressions in your soil to prevent puddles from forming.

To keep mosquitoes out of your house, keep your doors and windows covered with screens. Screens should be tight-fitting to keep mosquitoes from slipping inside. They also must be free of tears and other damage.

Controlling mosquitoes on your own can be challenging. A pest control professional can help you by performing a property inspection and identifying where the mosquitoes are coming from, and what type of mosquitoes they are. With this information, they can create a personalized mosquito treatment plan for your property. This can help keep mosquito populations under control.

Mosquito season is here, and it’s not going away any time soon. For help keeping mosquitoes under control in your home and garden, contact the Orlando pest control professionals at Apex.