Kids on spring break and vacationing families aren’t the only ones we see more of in Orlando this time of year—mosquitoes are making their spring comeback, too. Now that the weather is warming up, you’re probably already seeing the mosquito population rising at your home. Here’s what you need to know about Orlando mosquito control for your home.
What you can do to control mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can be a bother almost any time of year in our area, but peak mosquito season is just around the corner. While professional mosquito control services from a licensed Orlando pest control company are an essential part of protecting your home and family from these pests, your first line of defense includes a number of things you can do yourself.
Eliminate breeding sites
This is the most important step you can take to keep the mosquito population from taking over your yard. Keeping in mind that one teaspoon of water is all that these insects need to breed, closely inspect your yard for any standing water. Check spots such as these:
- Children’s toys
- Garden tools
- Trays under flower pots
- Trash containers
- Recycling bins
- Car, boat and grill covers
- Wading pools
- Low spots around your home’s foundation
You should also frequently rinse out and refill bird baths, fountains, and plant leaves that hold water, such as bromeliads.
Use repellents and cover up
Mosquitoes are an unpleasant nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. According to the Florida Department of Health, several of the species found in our state can transmit diseases to humans and animals. These include malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus and the Zika virus.
To lower your chances of being bitten, wear insect repellent anytime you plan to be outdoors for more than just a few minutes, and always wear it when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Women who are nursing or pregnant should use only EPA-approved repellents. Learn more about choosing and using repellents on the website of the EPA.
Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts in the summer heat doesn’t sound like much fun, but clothing offers excellent protection. You can also treat clothing fabric with insecticide made especially for this purpose.
Very young children and babies should be protected with clothing that covers their arms and legs, and strollers should be covered with mosquito netting. Note that insect repellents should never be used on babies less than two months of age.
Check entry points
Mosquitoes can find their way into your home through tiny openings. Check your doors and windows, and closely inspect screens. Also check potted plants for standing water and frequently change out water in flower vases to ensure mosquitoes don’t start breeding inside your home.
Municipal authorities, such as Orange County Mosquito Control, inspect and treat breeding sites in the area every day. They also keep the public informed on disease reports, truck-mounted spraying, and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.
Get the ultimate protection: Professional mosquito control
Our Orlando mosquito control services are an affordable way to keep your home and family safe. Our plans are customized to the size of your yard, so you never pay too much for this valuable protection.
For extra savings, we offer new mosquito service customers a special deal. Call us at 407-675-5000 for a free estimate!