South Florida provides the ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes. With a hot and humid climate, mosquitoes can thrive throughout the year and breed in areas where standing water occurs. Whether it’s swampy areas or upturned buckets in residential yards, these nuisance pests cause a real concern for people living throughout South Florida and across the Sunshine State.
5 Common Breeding Sites for Mosquitoes
1. Flower Pots
Mosquitoes don’t need a lot of water for breeding. In fact, they can breed quite successfully in only an inch of water. By overwatering the plants in your containers, you’re inviting mosquitoes into your yard. The soil should feel moist to the touch, so don’t add more water than is necessary. In addition, turn over any empty pots or buckets in your yard as rainwater can collect inside and draw mosquitoes to breed.
Birdbaths attract more than birds and squirrels into your yard; they also lure mosquito swarms. Unless you can maintain the birdbath or use a MosquitoNix misting system, it’s best to keep it covered from March until October. Mosquitoes thrive during this time and will congregate around any open water source.
3. Clogged Gutters
It might seem like a chore to clean your gutters, but it’s an important task if you want to prevent unnecessary mosquito infestations. Limbs and other debris can clog the gutters and trap the rainwater, which lures mosquitoes and provides a secure breeding environment above the ground.
4. Roadside Ditches
Overgrowth and random limbs can trap water in the ditches and create stagnant conditions near your home. If the city doesn’t maintain the ditches along your property, use a weed trimmer to keep the grass low. You should also pick up any fallen limbs or litter that may have blown into the ditch. Taking a proactive approach to gutter maintenance will prevent mosquito infestations from raiding your property.
5. Canvas Sheets
If you have to cover your vehicle or other belongings with a canvas sheet, make sure to clear any standing rainwater from the folds. The water will attract mosquitoes closer to your home and threaten your family and pets with viral infections. Clearing away the water after it rains will help to curb mosquito numbers around your home.
Nix Mosquito Infestations With MosquitoNix
When mosquitoes keep your family locked indoors, contact MosquitoNix South Florida. Our misting systems create a mosquito-free zone around your home and keep you safe from serious infections like the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. With advanced features such as full automation, you can set it, forget it and enjoy your time outdoors without the worry of mosquitoes.