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Mosquito Identification & Prevention

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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are small flies that drive people crazy through the female’s relentless bites. Their most unique and problematic feature is their proboscis. The proboscis is a long piercing mouthpart that mosquitoes use to feed. Females and males use the proboscis to feed on their main food source — nectar. Females also use the proboscis to pierce the skin of their animal or human host to feed on their blood.

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders, and their presence can quickly take over any property. A single mosquito lays from 50 to 100 eggs at a time, and around 300 eggs in its short lifespan!

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

There is no denying that when mosquitoes live in large numbers on our properties, they reduce our ability to enjoy our outdoor spaces. No one wants to be outside eating, hanging by the pool, or gardening, and being repeatedly bitten by mosquitoes.

Not only are mosquitoes dangerous, but they are among the world’s most dangerous creatures. Mosquitoes infect hundreds of millions of people worldwide with diseases and cause over one million deaths annually.

While not a huge concern in our area or throughout the U.S., the spread of malaria by mosquitoes in tropical and third-world countries is serious.

In Florida, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading some disease-causing pathogens, including:

  • West Nile virus
  • Eastern equine encephalitis
  • St. Louis encephalitis 
  • Parasitic heartworms (parasites that can be deadly to pets like dogs and cats)

Why do I have a mosquito problem?

In cooler parts of the country, mosquitoes are known for being a summertime pest as they are most active during periods of hot, humid weather. In Florida, our year-round warm temperatures mean that mosquitoes are active throughout most of the year.

Mosquitoes are outdoor pests that can fly to and make themselves at home on any property that provides them with their basic needs. A property that mosquitoes consider good real estate has multiple areas of standing water, plenty of vegetation to rest in, and easy access to food sources.

Where will I find mosquitoes?

While mosquitoes can fly distance in search of food and water, new mosquitoes typically stay where they hatch.

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. They like to rest in shady, cool areas to escape the heat and direct sun during the middle of the day, under trees or shrubs, in tall grass, in woodpiles, and in dense vegetation. Disturbing their resting spots will lead to being swarmed by these biting pests!

Mosquitoes gather around their breeding sites (standing water). Unfortunately, in Florida, we have a lot of standing water for these insects to choose from; marshes, wooded areas, ponds, swamps, lakes, and drainage ditches.

Our yards also provide mosquitoes with multiple breeding sites, making them pests we regularly deal with as soon as we walk out our front doors. Below are common areas to find these pests:

  • Tree stumps and tree hollows
  • Low-lying areas
  • Trash cans, flower pots, old tires
  • Clogged gutters 
  • Pet water bowls, birdbaths, wading pools

How do I get rid of mosquitoes?

To get rid of mosquitoes and make your outdoor space more enjoyable, partner with us at Rowland Pest Management. If you are tired of dealing with biting mosquitoes, we are here to help. “When we roll in… bugs roll out!” Our professionals use highly effective products and provide the recurring mosquito treatments necessary to make your Florida property a place where mosquitoes can’t thrive.

To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"

How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

Use the following helpful tips to make your property less hospitable to biting swarms of mosquitoes.

  • Always keep lids on trashcans, recycling bins, and rain barrels
  • Turn over containers that aren’t in use to stop them from collecting rainwater.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear to stop them from collecting debris and collecting rainwater.
  • Fill in low-lying areas on your property.
  • Maintain your yard by cutting back overgrown grass and vegetation to reduce resting spots in your yard.
  • If you own a pool, ornamental pond, or other water fixtures, make sure the water is treated and always moving. 
  • If possible, screen in outdoor eating areas or use a porch net.