The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your West Palm Beach Property
February 26, 2021
When you bought your property, did you expect to fend off mosquitoes every time you went outside? Most new homeowners don’t think about these blood-feeding pests before they sign on the dotted line. If you can’t stand mosquitoes and are at a loss for how to get them off your West Palm Beach property, here are a few helpful suggestions to consider.
Common Area Mosquitoes
There are a few different species of mosquito here in West Palm Beach such as the Asian tiger mosquito, the house mosquito, and the black salt marsh mosquito. Rather than going into what each of these pests looks like, as they are small and difficult to identify, here are a few things all mosquitoes share in common.
- A need for blood: Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, while males primarily live on a diet of aphid honeydew, plant juices, and nectar. After biting a human or animal, female mosquitoes use the blood they gather to provide nutrients for their eggs. These eggs take roughly five days to hatch and 2-3 days more to develop into adult mosquitoes.
- Stagnant water: Unlike other pests that lay their eggs on land, mosquitoes require a source of stagnant water to breed. If that source is disturbed in any way, the eggs are broken up and become unviable.
- A warm environment: Mosquitoes are warm-weather pests. Whenever temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, female mosquitoes lay dormant eggs and either hibernate or die off. Due to our warmer climate here in West Palm Beach, this rarely occurs, if it occurs at all.
The Dangers Of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal in the world. Directly responsible for over one million human deaths year-round, these pests are not an insect to be taken lightly. Here in America, however, mosquito-related deaths are fairly low due to our easy access to quality medical services and effective treatments. The thing you should be most afraid of is contracting a mosquito-borne disease. Here are a few ones to be aware of:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- St. Louis encephalitis
- Dengue fever
- Yellow fever
How To Reduce Your Chances Of Mosquito Bites
There are two main ways to prevent mosquitoes, self-protection, and mosquito abatement strategies for your property. Combining both of these methods, here are a few things you should be doing:
- Apply mosquito repellent to your body before going outside.
- Wear lighter-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
- Avoid working out outdoors during dawn and dusk.
- Eliminate sources of stagnant water around your property.
- Make sure your gutters are clean and not holding water after a rainfall.
- Change the water in ornate pools and birdbaths at least once every four days.
- Install fans around covered outdoor lounging areas.
- Stock lakes and ponds with mosquitofish.
All of that said, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much effort you put into preventing mosquitoes. If your neighbors do not put in the same care, you might not notice any chance to populations at all.
How Native Pest Management Helps Prevent Mosquitoes
For you to effectively fight back against mosquitoes, you need professional help. At Native Pest Management, we use industry-leading products and advanced mosquito abatement strategies to make sure these blood-feeding pests stay off properties.
More specifically, our team uses In2Care mosquito traps and fogging treatments to stop mosquitoes at their source and eliminate stragglers from neighboring yards. Contact our team today to learn more about our West Palm Beach pest control services or schedule a visit for your West Palm Beach property.