It’s mosquito weather almost year-round in Florida, so you need to be on the lookout for these little biters all the time. A few things you may not know:
Only the females bite, to supplement their plant nectar diet with blood.
Water is essential to the life cycle of all mosquitoes.
While there are 150 species in the United States, only 80 species inhabit Florida.
They love Florida because eggs hatch at temperatures above 50 degrees.
This year has been a rough year due to the mild winter.
Source: Lake County Extension Office
Follow the “3 D’s” for safe mosquito control on your property, advises a recent press release from Lake County government:
- Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week.
- Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Defend: Properly apply an approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Rain gutters, tree holes, buckets, and tires all make excellent spots for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. It is important to drain and cover these items on your own property and encourage neighbors to do so as well as part of a community-wide effort.