With the growing problem of West Nile Virus in Southern Florida we have all become painfully aware that mosquito bites are more than a nuisance. In fact, mosquitoes have had a great impact throughout the world in terms of disease and are responsible for very serious illnesses like malaria, dengue fever and encephalitis. Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other insect which is why government agencies are constantly monitoring and tracking diseases like West Nile Virus. Controlling mosquitoes around your property is very important to lower your risk and to simply enjoy your outdoor space.
Prevention is key and the single most important thing that a homeowner can do to reduce mosquitoes around his or her property is to eliminate standing water. It take approximately one week for mosquitoes to breed in undisturbed standing water. Water like this can occur in some unlikely places or ones that you can easily overlook such as: bird baths, clogged gutters, flowerpots, baby pools and more. Do a thorough inspection around your property to check for sources of standing water to eliminate breeding mosquitoes.
Did you know that only the female mosquito will drink your blood, as the male mosquito does not require blood? Mosquitoes, in general, do not need blood to live, as they actually feed on nectar. The female needs blood to help in the process of laying her eggs. Once the eggs are laid, a female mosquito will seek out more blood in order to lay more eggs. She will do this throughout her short life span, which lasts about two weeks.
Amco can help to control mosquitoes on your property. There are many methods that we use for mosquito control. Depending on the situation, source reduction (e.g. removing stagnant water), biocontrol (e.g. importing natural predators such as dragonflies), trapping, and/or insecticides to kill larvae or adults may be used.