Mosquitos are pesky insects that no one likes and they get their reputation honestly. Florida is home to more mosquito species than any other state in the U.S., with a whopping 80 known species! If you’ve lived here for a while, you know all about living through mosquito season in SWFL, but do you know the best way to combat mosquitos to minimize the impact on your lifestyle?
Mosquito Season in Southwest Florida
South Florida is lucky to have a subtropical climate that offers warm weather for most of the year. Unfortunately, that means that mosquito season also lasts most of the year and the number of mosquitoes we have is excessive. In December and January when temperatures can dip below 50 degrees, you may see less mosquito activity. That doesn’t mean they’re gone. Many mosquitoes make it through the winter months by remaining in the larval stage. Female mosquitoes lay eggs toward the end of the fall, and those eggs will remain dormant as mosquito larvae until spring. The rainy season, which falls between June and October, and warm temperatures makes it especially welcoming for a large mosquito population to thrive and many are born during those months. SWFL just doesn’t have the luxury of a decline in mosquito population with the changing seasons as many other states and even other parts of Florida do.
How to Combat Mosquitos
Mosquito bites are not only painful and annoying, they can also be dangerous to your health. The Florida Department of Health reports that 13 of the 80 known species of mosquitoes in FL can carry the West Nile virus disease, Eastern equine encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis. It’s important to do everything you can to deter mosquitos. There are several options for protection from mosquitos:
Wear Protective Clothing
To avoid as many painful bites as possible, wear long sleeves and long pants when working outside, especially during the dawn and dusk hours. This is helpful by not allowing mosquitos as much access to your skin. In SWFL that can be tough with the temperatures we regularly have. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate, lightweight, breathable fabric to prevent overheating.
There are many natural deterrents for mosquitos including different plant oils such as cinnamon oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, catnip oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, neem oil, lemongrass oil, soybean oil, tea tree oil, geranium oil, thyme oil, and rosemary oil. Citronella candles may be helpful for keeping mosquitos out of the area. Bug sprays containing DEET are effective in deterring mosquitos, especially in more troublesome areas where mosquito populations are large. If you live in a coastal area, have swampy areas nearby, or any have any areas with standing water where mosquitos are difficult to avoid, more potent bug spray may be required.
Remove Standing Water
Standing water near or around your house is the main attraction for mosquitos. You may find the need for pool covers and moving something as simple as pet water bowls. These sources of water outside your home will attract mosquitos and give them breeding grounds. Seeking out and eliminating specific standing water sources when possible, especially during rainy and hurricane season, will help reduce the mosquito population near your home.
Even if you do all the things above, mosquito issues still prevail in SWFL and we have the unenviable task of dealing with them. Mosquitos should be taken seriously because they can carry serious diseases. The good news is, the BuzzOff mosquito misting system will be the overall best option as far as precautionary measures go if you want to ensure the mosquito population doesn’t thrive in your yard to begin with and ruin all your outdoor activities. Instead of fighting them off every time you have an outdoor event or just want to relax on your back deck, you can have a system that provides a reliable way to control mosquito populations in your yard. A plus that accompanies the mosquito misting system is that it tends to deter other insects as well. No matter what time of year it is, you can heave your mosquito issues under control!