Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mosquito Care in Sarasota/Bradenton

Mosquitoes have always been considered an annoyance.  The trouble began with the first European explorers landing on Florida.  Their writings show that the problem was so severe that the explorers would actually bury themselves on the beach at night.  They did this to protect themselves from the mosquitoes.  Even back then, people were aware that mosquitoes cause and spread diseases.  Some of those diseases include the west nile virus, malaria, st. louis encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and more!

Mosquitoes not only feed on blood, but they also eat plant nectar.  It is usually the females that consume animal blood and bite humans.  There are certain nutrients and proteins that the female mosquito requires to be able to lay eggs and successfully reproduce.  Many counties, including Sarasota county, have agencies that try to control mosquitoes and prevent them from reproducing.  Even with these procedures in effect, there are still things the average person can do to help keep the mosquito population under control.  

Inspecting a few things around the house can ensure that your family's risk for a mosquito borne illness is low.  First, repair any broken screens at your windows, doors, porches, and patios.  If given the opportunity mosquitoes will invade your home and make a meal out of you while you sleep.  Next, drain any standing water in or around your lawn.  Clear out old tires, cans and bottles, or anything you are not using that has the ability to collect any water.  The smallest amount of standing water can have thousands of mosquito eggs in it.

Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn if you can.  At these times of the day, mosquitoes are most prevalent.  If you can not escape going outside, then wear protective clothing and mosquito repellent   A repellent that contains DEET has been proven to be the most effective at warding off mosquitoes.  The best way of protecting yourself is to dress in loose-fitting long pants and shirts that cover as much of your skin as possible.

For any questions or more specific information, please call Alex Mendoza Landscaping at 941-518-9424.  We proudly serve Sarasota and Manatee counties.  We are a dependable lawn care service provider that also specializes in tree work,bobcat work, and total yard clean-up!

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