As South Florida mosquito control experts, we know how to eliminate mosquitoes and stop them from breeding and finding harborage on your property – guaranteed.
Join us in today’s blog as we discuss the recent detection of West Nile virus in South Florida.
What Is The West Nile Virus?
West Nile virus is something that pretty much everyone has heard about, but not many people actually understand what the virus is and the impact it can have.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is commonly seen during the summer season, as well as fall in warmer parts of the country like South Florida.
There are currently no medications or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus, but luckily the virus is not dangerous to most people. Only about one in five people actually develop symptoms of West Nile virus, with the most common symptoms being the development of a fever as well as a rash.
West Nile Virus in South Florida
During the month of October 2018, the greater Palm Beach and Broward county areas saw a number of West Nile virus cases, with the latest being detected in a flock of sentinel chickens in the Delray Beach area.
Luckily, there have not been any recent confirmed human West Nile virus cases in Palm Beach or Broward county — with the last known human case in the area being in 2011.
Rather than telling members of local Palm Beach or Broward county communities like West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and Boca Raton to worry about the recent spike in confirmed West Nile virus cases, the health department is simply suggesting that local residents and tourists be aware of the issue.
The health department also recommends taking steps to avoid becoming bitten by mosquitoes. But what can you do to reduce the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes?
Mosquito Control Tips – Your Local Mosquito Control Company
At Native Pest Management, we see a lot of mosquitoes here in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. In fact, residents call us daily to help rid their property of mosquitoes.
Below, we have listed a few effective ways to prevent mosquito bites!
Wear Bug Spray
There are many different mosquito control products that can be used as mosquito repellant. The most effective are made with DEET, IR-3535, and Picaridin.
Many people don’t realize that certain mosquito control sprays are actually labeled as safe to spray on clothes – enhancing the effectiveness of the spray at keeping mosquitoes away from your body.
Prepare Your Property
The best and most cost effective step at improving local mosquito control effectiveness is to eliminate the potential for mosquitoes to breed on and find harborage in your yard.
Outside – Outside of your home, it is important that you drain any standing water that could potentially become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
It doesn’t take much water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. By eliminating standing water on your property, you can lessen the likelihood that mosquito populations will thrive on your property.
Common areas we see standing water are buckets and garbage cans, flower pots, tire swings, sewer drains, clogged gutters, flat roofs, bird baths and fountains.
Inside – Mosquitoes inside of your home is really too much to tolerate. Our homes are supposed to be our safe space from bugs like mosquitoes.
When mosquitoes are inside, they can even bite us while we are sleeping. The best form of mosquito control in your home is to keep them out in the first place.
One way to keep mosquitoes out of your home is to ensure cracks around windows and doors are properly sealed. Also make sure you have screens on all your windows and that they do not have tears.
Supermarkets use positive air pressure to keep flying insects out and you can do the same – lower the AC in your house and when doors and windows are opened, air will rush out and prevent mosquitoes from flying in.
If mosquitoes in or outside of your South Florida home or business are an ongoing issue, we recommend you contact us for a free inspection.
Treat Your Property for Mosquitoes
At Native Pest Management, our team of local mosquito control experts treat properties with biorational larvicides and backpack foggers.
Every monthly visit to your property, we will apply larvicides to standing water that inhibit mosquitos’ ability to breed for up to 30 days. These larvicides are safe for pets and other animals, and are even labeled as safe to apply to bird baths.
After treating standing water on your property, we will use backpack foggers to target mosquito harborages on your property. We will focus our treatments in areas of thick foliage and on the underside of tree and shrub leaves.
Best Mosquito Control in South Florida
West Nile virus is everywhere, and often times, people are infected with the virus without even knowing it — but that doesn’t have to happen to you and your family.
With the recently confirmed cases of West Nile virus in sentinel chicken flocks around the greater Palm Beach and Broward county areas, it is crucial that you contact us at Native Pest Management today to schedule a free inspection of your property from our team of local mosquito control experts.
At Native Pest Management, we are dedicated to keeping your property free of mosquitos. We are confident that our mosquito reduction treatments are effective, and will re-treat your property for free if you continue to have any mosquitoes.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today for a free inspection!