Homeowners who participate in reducing the mosquitoes around the home can help decrease pesticide use, reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases, and help ease the financial burden to local governments who are responsible for area control.
Surveillance for mosquitoes is required prior to the application of any insecticide to determine if an application is even necessary. Deterring certain mosquitoes can be accomplished by home owners through the use of screening, sanitation, and other techniques such as eliminating standing water in and around your home. Controlling mosquitoes enhances our County’s quality of life by minimizing the opportunity of spreading the disease that they carry.
Mosquito’s require water for their eggs to hatch. Different mosquito species prefer different types of water for laying eggs and completing their aquatic stages of life. Water can be permanent, floodwater and containers. Permanent water habitats remain wet most of the time, floodwater habitats are transient and containers which can be natural such as tree holes, bromeliad plants, birdbaths or standing buckets.
Since mosquitoes will not lay eggs in moving or aerating water, home owners should be observant for standing water on their property which is a natural breeding ground. Empty any container or vessel that holds standing water and you will then be doing your part in contributing to the health and well being of Collier Citizens.
Information obtained from the Florida Residents Guide to Mosquito Control produced by the University of Florida.