Mosquitoes – the bane of our existence here in Florida.
We face these extremely annoying nuisances every day, and at best, they’re frustrating. At worst, though, they can carry dangerous diseases that can make us ill – illnesses like West Nile, Zika, dengue fever, and others.
Every Floridian knows how mosquitoes have helped spread the Zika virus throughout the state, for example, but most of us don’t know how mosquitoes proliferate and how we can impact their growth.
Unfortunately, that includes homeowners, whose properties are natural breeding grounds for mosquitos – even without them knowing it.
The biggest single way our homes help spread mosquitoes is by serving as breeding grounds for these insects. And that usually comes in the form of standing water throughout the property.
How Standing Water Helps Mosquitoes Breed
Female mosquitoes breed by laying their eggs in water. But it’s not just any type of water; moving water, for example, isn’t conducive to breeding. Standing water, however, is, and that’s what attracts female mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can hatch their eggs in as little as one teaspoon’s worth of water, which is basically like a bottle cap. So, it doesn’t take a lot to create a fertile breeding cesspool for these little buggers. Chances are, your property, right now, has at least a bottle cap worth of standing water on it somewhere.
And that’s what gives mosquitoes their window of opportunity to breed.
How You Can Fight Back
The best way to keep mosquitoes away from your property is to deny them roosting grounds.
Check every square inch of your property for standing water. This includes bird baths, swimming pools, ditches, drains, buckets, tires, boats and boat covers, trash cans, gutters, fountains, and even holes in the ground. If there’s the possibility that water can collect somewhere, it can foster mosquito breeding.
Make sure all of these areas are kept dry. If you have to store anything outdoors, do so in a covered area if possible. For example, put your boat or car in a garage or have it stored indoors off-site. If it rains, go through your property after the rain is done to check for standing water.
To keep mosquitoes out of your home, make sure you have screens throughout, especially on your lanai.
There are also services who will spray your lawn to help destroy mosquito eggs that are laid on the ground, because sometimes water collects in the earth and offers a nest for female mosquitoes.
If you can’t arrange any of this because you’re away from your home for long periods of time, don’t worry; your home watch service in Fort Myers can help you. Leave it to us to make all the necessary arrangements to fight back against mosquitoes and keep them away from your property, even while you’re away, so you can have a mosquito-free existence.