Mosquitoes in Venice and Southwest Florida
Believe it or not, mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal in the world. While their bite may feel like nothing more than a minor itch, the insect is a disease vector that can transmit deadly illnesses to its host. What’s more, the warm, humid weather and many bodies of water in Southwest Florida create the perfect storm for mosquito populations. Discover more about mosquitoes’ anatomy and behavior as well as how to prevent this blood-sucking insect from overtaking your property.
How to Identify Mosquitoes
There are nearly 100 different mosquito species in Florida, but they all share similar and distinct features.
Identifying characteristics of mosquitoes include:
- Elongated body
- Long back legs
- One pair of wings
- Long nose designed for sucking blood
Mosquitoes are prevalent year-round among wetlands and tropical environments such as Florida’s. Populations can surge during rainy weather and hurricane season because of an increase in standing water for breeding. Throughout the day, mosquitoes are most active during cooler hours in the morning and evening and prefer shaded areas in the midday heat.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
In terms of the number of human deaths each year, mosquitoes truly are the deadliest animal on the planet. Mosquito bites can transfer lethal diseases and pathogens, killing more than a million people annually and affecting millions more.
Mosquitoes carry and spread illnesses such as:
- Malaria (rare in the United States)
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
- Arboviral encephalitis
- Chikungunya virus
- Dengue fever
How to Prevent Mosquitoes at Home
Mosquitoes are attracted to any form of standing water in which they can reproduce. In yards, this includes birdbaths, buckets, pools, potted plants, or clogged gutters. Adult male mosquitoes mostly feed on plant nectar, but adult female mosquitoes are the ones seeking a blood meal host and are drawn to heat, light, scents, and carbon dioxide produced by animals and people.
Some tips for deterring mosquitoes from your property (and yourself) include:
- Remove wood, standing water, and dead leaves from your property—as these are all ideal mosquito breeding grounds.
- Use mosquito-repelling scents like citronella candles and plants such as basil, lavender, peppermint, and rosemary.
- Use an EPA-approved insect repellent to prevent mosquitoes from biting you.
Mosquitoes Suck. Get Them Under Control with Hoskins.
In the warm tropical climate of cities throughout Southwest Florida, mosquitoes are a constant threat. Thankfully, Hoskins Pest Control can help our customers combat them. Our effective pest control services are also environmentally conscious, so be sure to call our experts to learn more about receiving a free pest control estimate.