Mosquitoes: everyone knows them, few like them. This is especially true for Floridians, who have all experienced firsthand the mosquito plague that can result from our lovely year-round temperature. Mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing an allergic reaction in the form of red, itchy bumps. But the true threat of mosquitoes is the wide range of life-threatening diseases they can transmit through their bites. For this reason, it’s critical to help keep your family mosquito-free, especially during the summer months when mosquitoes are more active in Florida.

Mosquito Facts

There are roughly 200 different species of mosquitoes in the United States. These mosquitos will vary in terms of their habitats, regions, behaviors, and preferred animals they feed on. While there are many inter-species differences, they all share a common four-stage life cycle. Only female mosquitoes bite, as they need blood to produce eggs. Male mosquitoes only feed on flower nectar. Many species of mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in stagnant bodies of water, such as ponds, puddles, and natural pools of water that form after rain.

Mosquito Dangers

We’ve all experienced the itchy, unsightly bites that bear the infamous mark of the mosquito. These bites are due to an allergic reaction that we experience from a mosquito’s saliva. If a mosquito bite victim scratches too hard and breaks the skin, the area may be subject to infection. In addition to an uncomfortable and rather itchy inconvenience, mosquitoes can also cause deadly effects.

Mosquitoes are known to transmit blood-borne diseases like:

  • Malaria
  • West Nile Virus
  • Dengue fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Encephalitis

Transmitting Disease

These life-threatening diseases are transferred when a mosquito bites an individual affected with a disease, then passes the disease to a new victim. Mosquitoes have been known to infect humans as well as other types of animals, including dogs and horses. Mosquitoes can transmit heart worms to dogs, as well as eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile Virus to horses.

Mosquito Treatment

Mosquito misting is a common method for preventing mosquito infestations around the home. Mosquito misting involves nozzles that are inconspicuously placed around the yard and outdoor areas, providing a mist that deters mosquitoes and other biting insects from crashing your backyard barbeques and pool days. By being installed around the area’s landscape, the nozzles can release the mist several times throughout the day so that the area maintains a consistent level of treatment.

Call the team at Gato Lawn & Pest Control today so that you and your family can enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about the threats of mosquitoes.

 

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