Mosquitoes are one of the most common and irritating pests in Fort Lauderdale. Their buzzing sounds and itching bites can drive a person mad. However, there are a few steps homeowners can take to keep mosquitoes from breeding in their yards.
Prevent Mosquitoes Living in Your Yard
Bodies of water are a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes. Long-standing puddles or water in buckets, toys, unused pools, etc. can all harbor mosquito larvae. By emptying any containers of standing water, you are removing the preferred breeding ground for these pesky insects, and therefore cutting down their population. Upkeep of your yard can help too. But cutting long grass, you are removing the mosquitos’ hiding spot and driving them away.
Health Hazards That Mosquitoes Pose
Mosquitoes can do more than make people uncomfortable. They can carry a variety of diseases and infect a person with them through their bites. Diseases that are known to be transmitted by Florida mosquitoes include:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- Saint Louis encephalitis
The most recent arrival is the Zika virus. At the beginning of August 2016, 14 people in Florida had been infected with Zika. Florida is not expected to see a major outbreak of the virus, but people should take measures to repel mosquitoes and keep themselves safe.
Call the Mosquito Experts
If you have any questions or need help keeping your property free of mosquitoes, speak to the experts at Critter Control serving Fort Lauderdale. Our trained professionals can help you come up with a plan to eliminate those pesky insects from your home. Call us today at 954.467.6067 to take the first step in protecting your home and family from mosquitos.