Effective Mosquito Control For Your South Florida Property
July 30, 2020
One thing for certain is that mosquitoes are not equally distributed across the state of Florida, across your city, and throughout your property.
For example, the city of Parkland is surrounded by large trees and dense vegetation which creates ideal breeding grounds for female mosquitoes to lay eggs. The Old Floresta in Boca Raton is notorious for having dense populations of mosquitoes due to the wooded area of the neighborhood. The same is true for homes near Lake Sylvia in Fort Lauderdale. Beautiful shrubs and trees surround the luxurious homes in these neighborhoods. This dense vegetation results in an increased mosquito population when compared with other communities in the city.
The warm tropical climate of South Florida means that mosquitoes are present pretty much year-round but more so during the summer and early fall due to the heavy rains. In Broward and Palm Beach counties, mosquito season starts in early February. After a storm, rainwater accumulates in various water-holding containers, both natural and artificial. These include kids' toys, flower pots, tree holes, clogged gutters, discarded tires or buckets, birdbaths, and other areas where water collects. Even the plastic cap of a soda drink can collect enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Mosquitoes complete their life cycle in five to seven days. During that time, females lay about 1,000 eggs. They lay eggs in batches of 150-200 eggs in different areas of your property. Females are very selective when looking for breeding grounds and areas to rest. Four conditions have to exist when looking for a place to lay her eggs: increased levels of moisture, cool temperatures, shade, and sheltered from the wind. This ensures that her offspring will have the highest chance of survival. This is why homeowners may notice more mosquito activity in some areas of the property than others.
Before mosquitoes can lay eggs, females need to take a blood meal. She needs the nutritious protein in blood to aid in the development of her eggs. Luckily, male mosquitoes do not bite.
The first and most important step of any mosquito management program is to inspect and identify areas where standing water can accumulate. This is something any homeowner accomplish, and by doing so, you can drastically reduce your mosquito population. Since one female can lay 1,000 eggs, imagine how eliminating viable breeding grounds will help reduce that number. Researchers estimate that when you eliminate 30% of the mosquito population, you get 80% control.
However, mosquitoes will travel onto your land from neighboring properties. Therefore, eliminating standing water sources you can access is usually not enough to stop mosquitoes from flying in your backyard to find their next food source. If these pesky mosquitoes prevent you from enjoying your yard, consider reaching out to the mosquito experts of GOTBUGSIKILL.
Our all-natural mosquito control system is popular for two reasons: One, it is effective, and two, it is harmless to butterflies and bees. We control mosquitoes by installing stations in key areas of your property and service them once a month. The female mosquitoes are attracted to the station. She unknowingly picks up a larvicide. Then, she flies out looking for new places to lay her eggs. All the breeding grounds she visits afterward become contaminated with the larvicide. The eggs she and other mosquitoes lay will never see the light of day. In addition to the stations, we can also apply a garlic bait spray to those properties that need the extra boost. Garlic oil is highly toxic to mosquitoes when ingested.
We have many satisfied customers in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach. Contact us today to learn about our comprehensive mosquito control programs. With GOTBUSIKILL… “We Kill. You Chill”.