Lakeland, FL Pest Control

Lakeland is a beautiful place to live with its lush greenery and close proximity to the ocean and attractions. The climate is warm and humid. Although air conditioning makes it comfortable to live in Lakeland, mosquitoes are an ever-present threat when you step outdoors.

What Causes Mosquito Problems?

Moisture and warmth are the two main ingredients for mosquito problems. Most of these blood-sucking pests come out when temperatures reach about 80 degrees Fahrenheit and stay high for at least several days. This is why you may see them in the winter as well. If there is a warm spell, they leave the holes in the ground where they hibernate.

Mosquitoes simply die in hibernation if temperatures do not rise to optimal levels during their short lifespan. These pests can multiply quickly since they lay thousands of eggs during their lifetime. They can lay a round of eggs in a space as small as a bottle cap. This means that even the smallest amount of standing water poses a threat.

Dangers Of Mosquitoes

One of the biggest risks with the Aedes mosquito is Zika virus. Although the virus may produce flu-like symptoms in some people, others may not show symptoms. The virus typically resolves on its own without medical intervention. While symptoms may disappear within a few days, the virus remains in the blood stream for up to six months.

The main risk of Zika is for pregnant women. They can pass it on to a developing fetus, which may cause the baby to be born with microcephaly. This condition is marked by an unusually small head, developmental disabilities and possible seizures. You can also contract the virus through sexual contact with an infected person.

Some mosquitoes carry West Nile, malaria, dengue, encephalitis and yellow fever. Each of these illnesses warrant the need for medical attention and can have serious or life-threatening effects. In addition to the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Asian tiger, Psorophora ciliata, Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes may spread diseases in Florida.

Tips To Prevent a Mosquito Infestation

There are several ways to minimize mosquito risks. These are a few suggestions:

• Wear long-sleeve shirts whenever possible and especially after dark outdoors.
• Use insect repellent with at least 40 percent DEET.
• Avoid sweet-smelling body sprays and perfumes.
• Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property.
• Keep pools and saunas covered when they are not in use.

Pet dishes, man-made ponds, leaky sprinklers, hoses, bird baths and fountains are all sources of standing water and possible mosquito breeding grounds. If you host an outdoor gathering, provide insect repellent for guests. Whenever possible, use tents with mosquito netting for lounging and eating. Mosquito populations are thicker around dusk.

Lakeland Mosquito Control

If you want to enjoy your outdoor living space without the nuisance of mosquitoes, professional pest control can help keep the mosquitoes away. We offer preventative treatments that protect you, your family and your guests and can provide tips on what you can do to minimize future risks. Our services are fast, effective and affordable. At Arrow Environmental Services, we also handle many other types of pest problems. Call us today for a free estimate.