Today we’ll answer the question, “What months are mosquitos most active in Florida?”. Mosquitoes are a common nuisance in Florida’s subtropical climate throughout the year, but they become especially active during certain months. It can also depend on the rainy season and tropical storms. A heavy rainy season can leave standing water for long periods of time which extend the ideal conditions for mosquitos.
A tropical storm late in the hurricane season can extend the presence of mosquitoes, especially when extensive damage is done. Tropical storms leave swampy areas and a lot to clean up. Building and yard debris create the perfect shady hiding places. Debris and standing flood water left in the storm’s wake can sometimes take long periods of time to remove. This combined with our warm temperatures gives mosquitos more opportunities to breed.
In general, there is a certain time of year when you can expect your outdoor activities to be plagued by a large number of mosquitoes. You can also take steps to reduce or eliminate that issue, at least around your home and outdoor spaces.
What Months Are Mosquitos Most Active in Florida
Florida’s mosquito season can be considered year-round because of the pretty consistent warm weather we have. But dry seasons make conditions a little less conducive to mosquito breeding habits, so there are seasons of much lower mosquito populations. May through August, mosquito activity is much higher than in other months. This is because of the hot and wet weather conditions, which provide the perfect environment for mosquito breeding and growth.
In the springtime, from April through June, the temperatures begin to rise and the humidity levels increase. This creates prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and their populations start increasing exponentially. As the summer months approach, July through September, the temperatures and humidity remain high, allowing mosquitoes to thrive and continue to reproduce.
Although mosquitoes thrive in warm conditions, they do have a preference for certain degrees of temperature. They are most active during the dawn and dusk hours when the temperatures are warm but cooler than mid-day temperatures. During the day, mosquitoes tend to be less active when the temperatures are higher.
Overall, mosquitoes are most active in Florida from May through August. However, they can become a nuisance any time of year because of Florida’s sub-tropical weather. It is important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites in South Florida.
Why Mosquito Control is Important
Mosquitoes in Florida can carry a range of diseases, including West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Not only are their bites itchy and sometimes painful, but protecting you and your family from mosquito bites means protecting yourselves from the risk of serious diseases. There are various species of mosquitoes in SWFL. You can learn more about them in our blog post, Mosquito Species in SWFL.
When you’re out and about during peak mosquito hours, this could include wearing long-sleeved clothing when appropriate, using insect repellents, and avoiding hanging around standing water. These steps can be taken when you’re outdoors away from your home, but there are other options for ridding your outdoor spaces at home from mosquitoes.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitos
The best way to reduce mosquito activity around your home is to eliminate any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in standing water, so it is important to get rid of any containers that could be holding water. This includes flowerpots, birdbaths, kiddie pools, gutters, and more. Dog bowls should be emptied and replaced with clean water regularly. Mosquitos prefer stagnant water to clean water. Drainage issues on your property should be addressed as well.
You’ll need a more aggressive approach to get rid of mosquitos entirely. Keeping your Southern Florida home and surrounding area free from mosquitoes can be accomplished with the help of a professional treatment plan. At BuzzOFF of Southwest Florida, we offer a range of services for mosquito and overall pest control for our customers. Our services are also highly customizable to fit everyone’s needs individually.
Our Barrier Treatments can be done regularly year-round, or only during peak mosquito season. These treatments include an in-depth inspection of your outdoor spaces and a customized plan to eliminate mosquito eggs, larvae, and adult mosquitos, as well as prevent any new mosquitoes from finding your yard appealing. These treatments are done every few weeks to maintain your outdoor comfort for as long as you feel it necessary.
We also offer a more long-term, hands-off solution called a Mosquito Misting System. This system is installed discretely around your home and yard and is set to spray automatically on a schedule. This system is also highly customized to your space and your needs. For your neighborhood, we offer Neighborhood Mosquito Control and for that one-time event that you want to go off without a hitch, we offer one-time Special Event Mosquito Treatment.
Your Mosquito Control Technician can help you decide which type of mosquito prevention is right for you and your family. We service Collier, Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties and provide free estimates for anyone interested in using our services. If you have questions, give us a call at (239)430-0097 or submit our online form and we’ll contact you!